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Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop

Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop

AFP
ROME
ITALY’S coronavirus death toll shot up on Monday from its lowest level in more than two weeks and officials sounded a more cautious note than earlier about a possibly easing of restrictions.
The civil protection service said the daily number of official COVID-19 deaths rose to 636 on Monday from 525 the day before. Sunday’s toll was the lowest since March 19. It also represented a drop of 23 percent from the 681 deaths reported on Saturday.
Italy’s leading health officials had called Sunday’s drop an important data point that could potentially lead to an easing of the country’s strict month-long lockdown.
But civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli said on Monday that the data were still being carefully assessed and that any definitive ruling was premature.
“The technical-scientific committee is currently carrying out its evaluations. Then, it will be up to the political decision makers,” Borrelli told reporters.
He said the scientists will draw their conclusions about how to proceed “in due time”.