Daily coronavirus cases surge above 10,000 in Italy for first time

By the Balmer Crispian

ROME (Reuters)-During the last 24 hours Italy reported 10,010 new infections with coronavirus. The Ministry of Health said Friday, the country's highest regular tally since the beginning of the country's epidemic.

In March and April, when a regular high of 900 deaths was registered, the Ministry also documented 55 COVID-related deaths from 83 the day prior to the pandemic and far lower than in Italy.

In intensive care, the number of people living with coronavirus continues to grow from 586 on Thursday, to 638 on Friday and to 40 in the second half of July.

Italy was the first nation in Europe to have been slammed by COVID-19 and the continent's second highest death rate behind Great Britain, with 36,427 casualties, according to official estimates, from the epidemic in February.

During the previous 24 hours, the amount of swabes reported on Thursday decreased to 150,377, compared to 162,932.

In an effort to slow the development of diseases, the Italian government introduced a new ban on Tuesday for festivals, bars, athletics and education.

However, certain experts have said that the initiatives are too limited and since then some city officials have announced more aggressive measures for their areas.

The regional head Vincenzo De Luca on Friday said that he would implement a cure on October 31 in the afternoon to keep the virus from spreading in "stupid" halloween celebrations, but the schools in the city did not accessible for two weeks.

Lombardy head in the north, Italy's hardest hit area, said he'd revisit the hours of bars and restaurants on Friday and close gambling centers and bingo halls.

He also encouraged colleges to return to studying from a distance.

The reintroduction of national lockdown was excluded by Premier Giuseppe Conte, but government officials could meet on the weekends to negotiate tightening current curbs, said a political source.

(Crispian Balmer report; Angelo Amante's and Toby Chopra's editing)