Number of critical coronavirus patients in Italy falls for first time

Number of critical coronavirus patients in Italy falls for first time

[Ed. – This is good news, although of course we’re in uncharted territory and have to see if it holds.  It’s the absolute number that has come down, not the rate of increase, so its significance could be at a new and promising level.]

Italy breathed an extremely cautious sigh of relief on Saturday when the country posted its first drop in critical patients since the coronavirus outbreak began, a welcome sign for a nation that has been brought to its knees by the relentless spread of COVID-19 in its borders. …

The relatively small decrease in critically ill patients—from 4,068 to 3,994, a drop of 74 patients—underscored the severity of the pandemic, which has spiraled upward seemingly without end for the past month. Over 15,300 Italians are recorded as dying from COVID-19, the highest official tally in the world.

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