Italy’s rate of coronavirus infections is slowing since implementing drastic quarantine measures, even as the death toll rises 345 to 2,503 and medics warn of ‘catastrophic’ situation

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
By Paul Martin

Number of daily coronavirus cases in Italy has been fairly stagnant in recent days at around 3,500 per day
Yesterday’s 12.6% rise in overall tally of infections was the second-lowest since virus started spreading in Italy
Figures are a warning to Britain which has taken far less drastic measures, with schools and shops still open
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Italian coronavirus infections have slowed in recent days after the country took drastic quarantine measures to stop the spread of the pathogen.

The figures are a sobering warning to Britain, which unlike Italy has not closed schools, shut down shops or blocked travel.

The number of daily cases in Italy has been fairly stagnant in the last four days, settling down at around 3,500 new patients per day.

Yesterday’s increase in the overall tally was 12.6 per cent, the second-lowest rate since the virus began spreading in Italy on February 21 – offering hope that the lockdown is bearing fruit even as the death toll rose by 345 to 2,503.

Italians have been ordered to stay indoors, with schools and universities shut, shops closed except for grocery stores and pharmacies, and heavy restrictions on travel.

But in Britain, which has taken none of those measures, the 407 new cases yesterday represented the largest daily jump since the virus came to the UK.

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