Italy records lowest coronavirus daily death rate in nearly a month

Italy has recorded its lowest coronavirus daily death toll since March 19.

In total 431 people with Covid-19 died yesterday bringing the number of deaths up to 19,899, health officials confirmed.

Italy has extended a nationwide lockdown until May 3 as the country continues to grapple with coronavirus.

The move is hoped to prevent a second wave of infections as new cases and deaths finally begin to plateau.

The restrictions had been due to expire on Monday.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: ‘There are clear indications that the restrictive measures are bearing fruit’.

‘If we yield now we would risk, as our experts tell us, losing all the positive results we have conquered so far.’

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Tensions have mounted in Italy in the past week as citizens grow weary of lockdown.  

Officials have employed helicopters, drones and ramped up police checks to make sure residents aren’t slipping out of their homes.

Police stopped some 300,000 people on Thursday alone, issuing about 10,000 summonses to those who did not have a valid reason for travel.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has called for a global coming together to fight both the coronavirus pandemic and the looming economic disaster.

He made the plea during an Easter mass delivered to an empty St Peter’s Basilica.

The Pope added: ‘In these weeks, the lives of millions of people have suddenly changed.’

He said ‘self-centredness’ by politicians and governments should be avoided, as he stressed the need for decisive, concerted action.

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