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Italy registers 731 deaths from COVID-19 in one day, the worst figure since April

The death toll represents a strong rebound compared to the 550 that had been confirmed daily in Italy lately

Italy has registered 731 dead for him coronavirus on the last 24 hours, the worst data since the beginning of April, while there were 32,191 new infections, reported today Ministry of Health.

The death toll represents a strong rebound compared to the 550 that had been confirmed daily lately and raises the total number of fatalities to 46,464.

The new infections are much more than the 27 thousand of yesterday – although the figures of Monday are usually lower due to the lower number of tests on Sunday -, and in the country one million 238 thousand 72 people have already been infected since the beginning of the epidemic, in mid-February.

On the last day, more than 208 thousand tests were carried out, and the positivity rate is 15.47 percent, lower than the almost 18 percent of Monday.

At the moment in Italy there are 733 thousand 810 people infected with COVID-19 And although the vast majority are isolated at home with hardly any symptoms, the pressure on hospitals continues to mount.

A total of 33 thousand 74 people are hospitalized (658 more than yesterday) and three thousand 612 require intensive care (+120).

The regions with the highest number of positives detected are still Lombardy (north) with 8,448 cases in the last 24 hours, Veneto (three thousand 124), Campania (three thousand 19) and Piedmont (two thousand 606).

The president of the Higher Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro, expressed his wish that the latest restrictions adopted in Italy take effect in the coming days and appealed to citizen responsibility to save the Christmas holidays.

For his part, the Head of State, Sergio Mattarella, asked the rest of the Italian institutions to collaborate so that the defense of “freedom, justice and social cohesion” persists also in the new time imposed by the pandemic.

To curb the virus, the government has decreed -in principle- until December 3 a national curfew between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. local time, has restricted restaurant hours and closed cinemas, theaters, gyms or swimming pools.

But above all, it has imposed a system with three levels of restrictions at the regional level – red, orange and yellow – to impose the most severe ones on the most affected territories and avoid a total closure of the country, which would penalize the least infected.

The “red” regions are practically experiencing confinement, less severe that yes than last spring. There are currently seven regions at this level: Lombardy, Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Tuscany, Trentino-Alto Adige (north), and the southern Campania and Calabria (the latter due to its precarious hospital system).

In addition, the region of Abruzzo (center) with a “soft” confinement as of tomorrow, November 18.

With information from .