Italy’s infection rate and death toll are slowing


Italian health officials have expressed cautious hope after the coronavirus death toll edged down from the previous day’s world record and the rate of infections slowed.  The total number of cases in Italy rose to 59,138 from a previous 53,578, an increase of 10.4%, the Civil Protection Agency said.  This is the lowest rise in percentage terms since the contagion came to light on 21 February.