Italy’s coronavirus infections reached 8,804 on Thursday, up by almost 1,500 in a day, while deaths almost doubled to 83.
Daily records were registered in Lombardy, where there were over 2,000 new cases, Campania and Piedmont. Cases in the southern Campania region, which was relatively unscathed by the first wave of the pandemic, eclipsed 1,000 in a day for the first time.
The Italian government has so far excluded the prospect of new national lockdown, saying any further restrictions would be targeted. However, prime minister Giuseppe Conte appeared to backtrack slightly on Thursday, saying that much would depend on the behaviour of Italians.
“If the number of infections and people in hospital increases, and in particular in intensive care, we will be in difficulty again,” he said.
The number of people hospitalised for Covid-19 increased by over 300 to 5,796 within the last 24 hours, with 586 people in intensive care.
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