By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 23, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Deaths from coronavirus in Italy climbed by 464 today, but the daily tally of new infections declined to 2,646 from 3,370 on Wednesday.
As many as 40 per cent of those new cases were in the hard-hit Lombardy region where the first domestically transmitted case was confirmed just over two months ago.
Yesterday 437 new virus deaths were reported by Italian authorities.
The total official death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 25,549, the Civil Protection Agency said.
Italy has the second highest death toll in the world after that of the United States.
These new figures came as data on the number of tests carried out was revealed for the first time.
The civil protection unit published statistics on how many patients had been tested for the virus so far in Italy, putting the number at 1.053 million, out of a population of around 60 million.