New COVID-19 cases dropping steadily in Italy despite death toll fluctuating
ROME: The number of new COVID-19 cases reported daily in Italy is dropping steadily while the daily death toll is still fluctuating.
Based on the mixed picture, local experts forecast a trend of slower growth of COVID-19 infections in the country in the coming weeks.
A total of 3,491 new cases were reported on Wednesday, representing a downward trend from the past few days when the figure stood at 3,612 Tuesday, 3,780 Monday and 3,956 Sunday respectively.
“The number of new infections is how we measure the spread of the pandemic,” said Enzo Marinari, a professor of theoretical physics at Sapienza University in Rome, noting that it could be misleading to only compare the new cases from one day with those from the previous days.
“We should be comparing the trend in the number of new cases to what had been exponential growth, which was the case until last week,” said the professor, who has organized a much-consulted social media page dedicated to the analysis of the viral outbreak in the country.
“I think we are getting nearer to the kind of plateau we have been looking for,” Giovanni Maga, head of the DNA Enzymology and Molecular Virology Unit at the National Research Council, said, adding such a trend was expected as Italy began a series of containment measures about two weeks ago. – Xinhua