Coronavirus live news: Italy’s death toll passes 15,000 and Dubai enters lockdown

04/APR/2020, Europe ,Times Of Lion

The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy has passed 15,000.

On Saturday, the country registered 681 deaths from Covid-19 – 86 less than Friday, bringing the total to 15,362. Currently, 88,274 are infected, with an increase of 2,886 new cases, 547 more than Friday. At this point 1,238 have recovered, bringing the total number to 20,996.

The civil protection announced that more than 70 people had been discharged from intensive care in the last 24 hours, a daily record since the beginning of the outbreak.

In total, 124,632 people have tested positive with coronavirus in Italy, including people who have died, recovered and the ones who are currently infected.

On Friday, Giuseppe Conte, the Italian prime minister, wrote to Ursula von der Leyen, the European commission president, calling on the EU to be bolder as it faces up to the coronavirus emergency.

“European solidarity has not been felt and there is no more time to waste,” reads the letter, published by Italian daily La Repubblica. “It is time to show more ambition, more unity and more courage.”

Lockdown in the country could be extended until 1 May and “phase two” of living with the virus can begin in mid-May, emergency commissioner Angelo Borrelli said on Friday.

The government has officially extended the coronavirus lockdown until mid-April, but Borrelli stressed the importance of keeping to “the most rigorous conduct in observing lockdown rules”.