Italy Has First-Ever Drop In Total Number Of COVID-19 Patients

VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 19: Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, in a strangely desolate and silent Venice, April 19, 2020 in Venice, Italy. The Italian government continues to enforce the nationwide lockdown measures t... VENICE, ITALY - APRIL 19: Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy, in a strangely desolate and silent Venice, April 19, 2020 in Venice, Italy. The Italian government continues to enforce the nationwide lockdown measures to control the spread of COVID-19, even if some businesses categories are slowly reopening. (Photo by Pietro D'Aprano/Getty Images) MORE LESS

ROME — Italy has marked the two-month anniversary of its coronavirus outbreak by registering its first-ever drop in the number of currently infected patients.

Civil protection chief Angelo Borrelli said Monday the 108,237 currently infected was 20 fewer than a day earlier, “another positive point” in Italy’s general trend of easing pressure on the health care system.

Overall, Italy has had a total of 181,228 confirmed cases, up just 1.2% from a day earlier in one of the lowest day-on-day increases. Another 484 people died, bringing its toll to 24,144, the highest in Europe and second only to the U.S.

Italy’s outbreak began two months ago when a 38-year-old Unilever employee tested positive in the Lombardy city of Codogno. After the test was confirmed Feb. 21, the man spent weeks in intensive care as his pregnant wife tested positive and his father died. He was released from the hospital in time to be home to welcome baby Giulia.

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