A woman looks out of a window in Rome, Italy, April 23, 2020. (Xinhua)
– Italy has the lowest daily death rate in six weeks, PM announces plan to help block coronaviruses;
– The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain per day drops to 288;
– France sees its deaths due to COVID-19 increase from 242 to 22,856, the smallest daily increase in a week;
– The Belgian death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 7,000.
BRUSSELS, April 26 (Xinhua) – Here are the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic in European countries.
ROME – The coronavirus pandemic claimed 26,644 lives in a locked Italy, bringing the total number of infections, deaths and healings to 197,675 on Sunday, according to the latest data released by the Department of Civil Protection of country.
Meanwhile, the number of new deaths, new infections and critical care patients continues to decline.
A total of 260 people have died from coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours, the lowest number since March 15. The number of new cases has also decreased, with 2,324 reported in the past 24 hours, 33 fewer than on Saturday. The figure is the lowest in six days.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units (ICUs) has continued to decrease, a trend that started three weeks ago. Sunday, 2,009 patients were in ICU, against 2,102 the day before.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday that as of May 4, the manufacturing, construction and wholesale trade sectors could resume work. They will be followed by retailers, museums, galleries and libraries on May 18 and by bars, restaurants, hairdressers and beauty salons on June 1.
A nurse gives a book and a rose to a patient in a hospital during St. George’s in Barcelona, Spain, April 23, 2020. (Xinhua / Francisco Avia)
MADRID – Spanish health officials confirmed on Sunday that 23,190 people in the country have lost their lives due to the coronavirus, after reporting 288 new deaths in the 24-hour period until 21:00 local time on Saturday.
The daily figure is 90 fewer than the 378 deaths reported the day before. It is also the first time the number of deaths per day has dropped below 300 since the peak of the pandemic, according to the Department of Health, Consumer Affairs and Social Services.
The ministry also confirmed 1,729 new cases through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests – which check if the coronavirus is active in the body, bringing the total detected by these tests to 207,634.
The daily figure is significantly lower than the 2,915 new infections reported on Saturday, a daily increase of less than one percent.
At the same time, the number of patients who recovered increased by 3,024 to 98,732.
Volunteers make protective masks at the Lille town hall in Lille, in the north of France, on April 23, 2020. (Photo by Sébastien Courdji / Xinhua)
PARIS – France has seen the number of deaths from COVID-19 increase from 242 to 22,856 as of Sunday, the smallest daily increase this week, which relieves the country’s health system which plans to lift the lockdown on 11 May, according to data from the Ministry of Health shown.
The daily increase in deaths fell to 1%, slower than 1.65% on Saturday, 1.8% on Friday, 2.4% on Thursday, 2.6% on Wednesday and Tuesday and 2.77% on Monday.
Some 28,217 people who contracted respiratory disease were receiving treatment in hospitals. The number of critically ill patients fell from 43 to 4,682. However, admissions to intensive care units from all causes were still above the country’s capacity of 5,000 hospital beds equipped with ventilators, said the Ministry.
The total number of positive cases now stands at 124,575, up from 461 in the past 24 hours, while 44,903 patients have recovered and returned home, he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Twitter on Sunday that he would present the government’s strategy for closing parliament on April 28. Legislators will then vote on de-containment measures.
A poster to remind people to stay safe is seen at a bus stop in Brussels, Belgium, April 21, 2020. (Xinhua / Zheng Huansong)
BRUSSELS – The death toll from COVID-19 in Belgium crossed the 7,000 mark on Sunday, according to a press release published on the website of the Federal Public Health Service.
The country recorded 178 new deaths in the past day, bringing the total number of victims of COVID-19 to 7,094.
Meanwhile, 809 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 46,134.
The downward trend continued in hospitals across the country. In the past 24 hours, 204 people have been admitted to the hospital while 368 patients have been discharged.
The total number of patients currently hospitalized was 3,959, the lowest level since March 28.
Belgium is still in detention. Earlier this week, the government announced progressive containment measures in three phases starting May 4.