ROME – There were only 36 new positive coronavirus cases in Rome over 24 hours as recorded in the regional bulletin, and the rate of infection in Rome could be close to zero by the end of April, claimed Alessio D'Amato, Councillor for Health of the Lazio Region, in an interview with Il Messaggero. “The slowdown is linked to the containment measures. The positives cases we are finding today are, on average, infected from 14 days ago.”
CASERTA – In the Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison around 150 inmates seized and held a ward by taking prison keys and barricading themselves in the corridors, after news emerged that a detainee had tested positive for coronavirus, according to security sources. The prisoner who tested positive was the former Sicilian regional deputy, Paolo Ruggirello, who has been detained for more than a year on mafia related charges, reports Giornale Di Sicilia.
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday by calling on Christians to respond to the tragedy of the coronavirus by rediscovering that "life is of no use if not used to serve others." The pontiff urged young people to "put their lives on the line" in the battle against the epidemic and emulate the "real heroes" emerging from the crisis.
ROME – To stimulate the production of masks in Italy, regulations managing their production have been radically reduced as manufactures are unable to meet the growing demand, with three million masks a day being consumed in Italy, according to the Head of the Civil Protection Agency, Angelo Borrelli. With hospitals and pharmacies emptied of protective equipment, a self-certification process has been set up in an attempt to increase production.