Italy has been one of the most heavily impacted countries by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and its number of confirmed cases and the number of deaths continues to be some of the highest in the world.
The country’s Civil Protection Department disclosed that on Wednesday, April 15, the country had experienced 578 COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24 hours.
While this is not the most significant death toll the country has seen in a 24-hour time period, the number is still substantial.
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The country also saw 962 cases recovered in the same 24-hour period.
The Italian government also issued two decrees on April 11, outlining updates regarding the country’s lockdown extension until May 3, as well as plans for the gradual recovery of “social, economic, and productive activities in the country.”
The first decree surrounded new measures to contain and manage the coronavirus pandemic crisis and confirmed the suspension of “production, industrial, and commercial activities.”
However, there are exceptions.
The decree permits the opening of some businesses, including stationers’ shops, book stores, clothing stores for children and infants, and activities in the forestry and wood industry.
The second decree was to announce the appointment of a committee comprising of the presidency of the Council of Ministers in association with the Technical-Scientific Committee.
This committee, “made up of experts in economic and social issues,” is charged to create necessary measures for the gradual recovery of Italy’s “social, economic, and productive activities.”
The committee will also identify new organizational and relational models whose purpose in containing and preventing the coronavirus crisis.