Italy registered 3,786 new people infected with the coronavirus, almost 50% more than the increase from the previous day and the largest increase in four days.
Deaths from the Italian epidemic have increased by 525 today, but down from 578 the previous day.
But the number of cases accelerated sharply to 3,786, compared to a total of 2,667 the previous day – an increase of 1,119. Italy now has a total of 168,941 confirmed infections.
The daily death toll was the lowest since Sunday, while the new infection count was the highest since Sunday.
The country which was once the epicenter of European infections and which saw the rate of infections and deaths stabilize, urged the authorities to reopen part of the economy.
The sharp increase in infections today will worry the government as it begins to open up the Italian economy – despite strict restrictions put in place on March 9 which are still in effect.
Buyers were back on the streets in Austria and Italy on Tuesday as Europe took its first cautious step outside of the coronavirus shutdown.
Italy is opening a handful of stores, including bookstores and stationery stores in an essay to see how social distancing measures can work after the foreclosure, which otherwise remains in effect.
However, some regions have chosen not to take full advantage of it. Bookstores will not open for a week in Rome and will remain closed in Lombardy.
In Venice, locals wearing mandatory masks have ventured to see quiet streets and canals that once were teeming with selfie-waving tourists.
Italian Red Cross ambulance transporting Covid19 patient to Catania today
“I have bought many books,” Venetian Catrina told a reporter after visiting one of the city’s bookstores, which were allowed to reopen this week.
“I needed it. Like an addict – for something substantial.
Switzerland has announced an easing of restrictions, with some stores and services – including beauty salons and DIY stores – being allowed to resume operations from April 27.
Germany has also announced the first steps to reopen some stores and gradually restart schools, Denmark has started reopening schools for young children after a month-long closure and Finland has lifted the blockade of Helsinki.
The total number of deaths in Italy since the outbreak was revealed on February 21 has risen to 22,170, according to the Civil Protection Agency, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.
The number of officially confirmed cases increased to 168,941, the third highest global count after those in the United States and Spain.
There were 2,936 people in intensive care on Thursday compared to 3,079 on Wednesday – a 13th consecutive daily decline.
Of the people originally infected, 40,164 were declared cured, compared to 38,092 the day before.