Coronavirus deaths in Italy: latest updates for May 2, 2020

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An anesthesiologist treats a patient at the ICU of the Covid Unit at San Filippo Neri Hospital, Rome, April 29.

Photographer: Alberto Pizzoli / AFP via Getty Images

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The number of new cases of coronavirus in Italy has remained stable while deaths have increased as the country prepares to gradually ease its two-month lock starting on Monday.

Figures from civil defense authorities released on Saturday showed that there were 1,900 new cases, up from 1,965 the day before. There were 474 deaths from the virus, up from 269 on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 28,710.

The daily count includes 282 deaths in April which were not communicated until the end of the month, the Lombardy regionsaid on his website. Without the addition of Lombardy numbers, the number of deaths per day would have been the lowest in more than a month.

Recoveries amounted to 1,665 compared to 2,304 the previous day, with a total of 209,328 cases.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday asked Facebook to publicly apologize to the Italians for the delays in distributing financial aid related to the virus and said he wasopen to further relaxation of locking measures. Construction and manufacturing activities will resume next week, while retailers and museums are slated to reopen on May 18 and bars and restaurants in June.

The government is trying to limit the economic impact of the pandemic by reviving certain activities and has approved a first 25 billion euros ($ 27.5 billion) package of measures in March and plans to finance another stimulus package for the economy worth 55 billion euros.

However, the association of Italian retailers predicts on Saturday that the country’s consumer spending will decrease by 8% this year. More than three-quarters of the € 84 billion decline will be due to bars and restaurants, hotels, clothing and footwear, and cars and motorcycles,Said Confcommercio. The group of small and medium-sized enterprises Unimpresa has predicted that 30% of bars, restaurants and retail stores will not reopen, as the operating costs of the business exceed expected revenues.

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