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Italy reports lowest COVID-19 death increase since early March

Italy reports lowest COVID-19 death increase since early March
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Italy, the onetime global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, reported its lowest increase in deaths from the virus since the pandemic began in March.

The latest data from Italy’s Civil Protection Agency, issues Sunday, showed 24 new deaths in the preceding 24 hours, the lowest number since March 2. The national death toll overall currently stands at 34,634, while the total active cases throughout the country stand at 20,972 as of Sunday, according to CNN. Despite the recent improvements, the county still has the world’s fourth-highest death toll, after the U.S., Brazil and Britain.

The number of people in intensive care is also down, falling from 152 on Saturday to 148 on Sunday, according to Reuters. A total of 182,893 of people have been confirmed to have recovered from the virus, Reuters reported.

The country once had one of the worst outbreaks in Europe, beginning in its northern Lombardy region. In early June, after months of lockdowns, it became the first European nation to fully reopen its borders as well as ending mandatory 14-day quarantines for anyone entering its borders.

Italy has also resumed high-speed rail service between regions, although all departing passengers will be subject to temperature checks. Italy has joined other European nations that are particularly economically dependent on summer tourism – including Spain, another regional epicenter, and Greece, which was hit less hard by the pandemic than other parts of the continent – in beginning the reopening process.