Italy's daily coronavirus death toll lowest since April 12

# 18 April 2020 21:43 (UTC +04:00)

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 482 on Saturday, the lowest daily increase since April 12, while the number of new cases was stable at 3,491, the Civil Protection Agency said, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

The death toll had risen by 575 on Friday, up from 525 the day before, with 3,493 new cases recorded. 

The daily tallies of deaths and cases extend the broadly stable situation in place over the last 13 days. 

This plateau is down considerably from peaks reached around the end of March, but the downtrend has not proceeded as fast as was hoped in a country that has been in lockdown for almost six weeks.