Italy appears to be flattening its curve, data shows
Friday - 03/04/2020 20:27
Italy’s efforts to combat coronavirus finally appear to be paying off, new data suggests.
Dr. Deborah Birx presented data Tuesday, used to extend federal social distancing guidelines through April, projecting the death toll could be as much as 100,000 to 240,000 even with mitigation efforts. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Silvio Brusaferro, president of the National Institute of Health, claimed that Italy seemed to be arriving at a plateau, largely thanks to the strict measures the nation has taken.
In the run-up to March 9, Italy saw a near-constant daily increase by around 24 percent. Over the past four days (3/30 to 4/2), the average daily increase in total cases only went up around 4.2 percent -- down from an average of 7.1 percent over the previous week.
Today's numbers show that Italy's increase in total cases increased by only 3.8 percent - the first time the number has dipped below 4 percent since the pandemic first hit the country.