Italy recorded 630 deaths in the last 24 hours on Monday, bringing the total death toll to 50,453, including 15,000 from September 1 to 1.4 million cases.
The peak of one-day deaths was on March 27 – 969 – during the national quarantine.
With just over 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the sixth state to report 50,000 deaths, after the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, according to an AFP count.
The peninsula is now divided into different areas depending on the epidemiological situation, from red to yellow to orange.
Restrictive measures taken after the summer period – isolation, early closure of bars and restaurants, gyms, museums – seem to be working. Health Minister Roberto Speranza warned this weekend: “It would be a serious mistake to let our guard down.”
Italy suffers from its demographics, with one of the oldest populations in the world, and the shortcomings of the health system, especially in the south.
According to Eurostat, the Peninsula has the highest average age in the European Union, 46.3 years (statistics from 2018) compared to 43.1 years in the 28 Member States.
And the pressure on intensive care units remains strong after the first wave, despite the increase in the number of beds, with hospitals lacking qualified staff.
According to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health published on Sunday, Italy had 34,279 people suffering from hospitalized Covid-19, as well as 3,801 patients in intensive care.