Italy's daily virus toll edges down to 433

By: AFP      Published: 10:41 PM, 19 Apr, 2020
Italy's daily virus toll edges down to 433
Vittoria Oliveri (front) plays tennis with Carola in background on rooftops of their house in Finale Ligure, Liguria Region, northwestern Italy on April 19, 2020, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus.–AFP

Italy's official daily toll from the novel coronavirus edged down to 433 on Sunday, the lowest figure in one week.

The total number of deaths reported by the civil protection services since the start of Italy's health crisis in February now stands at 23,660 -- second only to the United States.

Sunday's fatalities figure was the second-lowest in one month.

The 3,047 new virus infections represented a rise of just 1.7 percent.

The new infections rate is being watched closely by the Italian government as it deliberates on how to exit a lockdown imposed over the first half of March.

The current restrictions are due to be lifted on May 4, and the government is trying to determine which businesses to allow to resume operations, and whether to let people out of their homes.