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Italian doctor says coronavirus 'weakening by the day'; WHO rubbishes claim

Italian doctor says coronavirus 'weakening by the day'; WHO rubbishes claim”

Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan - one of the areas in Italy hardest hit by COVID-19 - explained the evolution of the virus is extremely positive.

Top scientists, health officials and the WHO rushed Monday to counter claims made by a prominent Italian doctor who said the new coronavirus "no longer exists" in the country.

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He said this could be due either to different characteristics of the virus, which he said they had not yet identified, or different characteristics in those infected.

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 60 on Monday, against 75 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new cases fell to just 178 from 355 on Sunday.

The decrease in potency means nations should reopen, Zangrillo said.

Italy meanwhile recorded the lowest daily number of new cases since February 26.

It is not unusual for viruses to mutate and adapt as they spread.

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It has urged people to abide by the rules of social distancing and to wear masks to prevent the virus from spreading once again.

A contact-tracing app to help the country avoid a virus relapse was being launched Monday in four of the country's 20 regions, with others soon to follow.

"That is not the case at all", World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual press briefing.

Ryan, an expert epidemiologist, spelled out the dangers in believing that the virus is becoming less potent.

Italy has been easing its lockdown gradually since the beginning of May, eager to get the economy back up off its knees.

"We need to be exceptionally careful not to create a sense that, all of a sudden, the virus, by its own volition, has now chose to be less pathogenic". Advertisement Zangrillo urged Giuseppe Conte's Italian government to continue lifting lockdown measures, claiming that warnings of a potential second wave of the virus were creating unnecessary fear in Italy.

"In other words, the absolute amount of virus you're exposed to can determine how severe, ultimately, your illness can be".

Total active infections stood at 41,367, down from 42,075 on Sunday, while another 848 COVID-19 patients recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 158,355. Whilst weakening of the virus by mutations is theoretically attainable, it's not one thing we must always count on and any claims of this nature would must be verified in a extra systematic approach.



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