Italy’s virus deaths jump to 636 after big drop Apr 07, 2020 0 157 12345 AFPROMEITALY’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”. RELATED ARTICLES British PM in intensive care after COVID-19 symptoms worsen Apr 07, 2020 0 151 Spain tops Italy as country with most COVID-19 cases but deaths down for 4th day Apr 07, 2020 0 193 US embassy denies ‘Wild West’ swoop on Berlin-bound masks Apr 07, 2020 0 1558 UK companies team up to tackle coronavirus LONDON: British pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline has teamed up with US peer Vir Biotechnology to find antibodies to help fight COVID-19 and “likely” future outbreaks, the pair announced on Monday. It comes as UK .. US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorist group AFP WASHINGTON THE United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organisation, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against militant groups. .. US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns AFP WASHINGTON NATIONAL Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections today, Tuesday, .. Brazil minister offends China with ‘racist’ virus tweet AFP Brasília CHINA demanded an explanation from Brazil on Monday after the far-right government’s education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country’s “plan for world domination,” in a tweet .. Thousands sign French call for chloroquine in coronavirus fight AFP PARIS MORE than 215,000 people have signed a petition urging French officials to let more doctors prescribe the anti-malaria drug chloroquine for coronavirus patients, a controversial proposal that has divided .. Norway says it has brought coronavirus outbreak under control OSLO: The Norwegian government has brought its coronavirus outbreak under control, Health Minister Bent Hoie said on Monday, while noting that it was too early to end restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic. The .. Swedish government seeks extra powers to curb virus STOCKHOLM: Sweden’s government said Monday it will seek temporary extra powers to combat the coronavirus outbreak, drawing criticism from the opposition. Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders seen ..