Italy reports new spike in coronavirus cases and death toll after brief dip

Italy reports new spike in coronavirus cases and death toll after brief dip
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Italy has reported a new spike in coronavirus cases and deaths Tuesday after it reported a record dip the day before. 

According to Reuters, the Italian government reported 162 deaths on Tuesday, compared to 99 reported on Monday, which at that time marked the first time the country recorded less than 100 deaths from the virus in one day since March. 

The death toll since Feb. 21, when the country detected its first cases, is 32,169, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University. Italy has the third-highest death toll globally, trailing the U.S. and the United Kingdom. 


On Tuesday the Italian government also reported 813 new cases of the virus, up from 451 reported on Monday, according to Reuters. The country has now reported 226,699 cases of the virus since the start of its outbreak. 

However, the number of people in intensive care has continued to drop, with 716 people in intensive care on Tuesday, down from 749 on Monday. 

Like in the U.S., numbers the government report daily reflect that of the day before. 

This month, the country is starting to lift strict restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the virus. Italy was one of the first countries outside of China to have a major outbreak.

According to ABC News, shops, salons, restaurants and bars have begun to reopen with social distancing measures in place. Starting next week, citizens can now go to beaches and museums and will be able to go to gyms and pools, with some safety measures in place.

Italy announced Saturday it will start allowing travel within the country again starting June 3.