Italy, the first European country to be hit by the worldCovid-19 passed the threshold of 50,000 deaths on Monday. Most took place earlier this year, but around 15,000 deaths have been reported since early September.
The Department of Health recorded 630 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 50,453. There were 22,930 new cases, totaling more than 1.4 million.
Italy, along with the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom, has passed the symbolic mark of 50,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins. France reported nearly 49,000 deaths on Monday.
A criminal ban on all 60 million residents brought the first outbreak under control, but like everywhere else, the number of cases has risen sharply in recent months.
Deaths followed, with more than 750 deaths recorded in a 24-hour period over the past week. The worst daily number in Italy was 969 deaths on March 27.
The Italian government has tried to avoid another blockade after paralyzing the economy and instead has focused on regional restrictions alongside a nationwide curfew at night.
Officials say the measures, which include closing bars, restaurants and shops in the hardest-hit areas, are having an impact.
However, medical professionals warn of the continued pressure in intensive care units because although the number of beds has increased, there is a lack of qualified staff.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said last week that Italians should expect “a more sober Christmas with no gatherings, hugs and kisses on Christmas Eve. Otherwise we will pay for it with more deaths in January.”