Italy’s¬†coronavirus death toll is now second only to the US as it announced 19,468 people had so far died from the deadly disease and 152,271 are infected.

The country was the first Western democracy to be hit by the virus, and its lockdown has now been extended until the beginning of May.
Officials have been warning Italians not to keep their guard down even if the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing, especially on the Easter holiday weekend when many are tempted to go to the countryside or seashore.
There were 3,497 people in intensive care on Friday against 3,605 on Thursday – a seventh consecutive daily decline. Of those originally infected, 30,455 were declared recovered against 28,470 a day earlier.

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