Rome: After another 651 deaths were reported in this Mediterranean country, Italy was nearly 5,500 on Sunday in the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest daily casualties are below the record 793 deaths on Saturday, but still the second highest in Italy during a month-long crisis.
New infections increased by 10.4% to 59,138.
Italy currently has 5,476 deaths.
“The figures announced today are lower than those for yesterday,” Italian civil protection service chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters.
“I hope and we all hope that these figures can be borne out in the coming days. But do not let your guard down.”
Sunday’s figures suggest that strict containment measures imposed around the northern epicentre of the crisis near Milan on March 8 might be starting to bear fruit.
The Lombard region of Milan reported only 30.4% of the new infections on Sunday.
According to reports, about two-thirds of coronaviruses died during the entire month-long crisis in Italy.
10 million districts officially recorded 55.5% of the COVID-19 deaths on Sunday.