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Italy Reports Lowest New Virus Infections in Almost Three Weeks

Red Cross workers load a patient into an ambulance in Brescia, Italy, on April 3.
Red Cross workers load a patient into an ambulance in Brescia, Italy, on April 3.Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg

Italy reported the lowest number of new coronavirus infections in nearly three weeks, prompting debate over how and when the country should start emerging from a nationwide lockdown.

Civil protection authorities reported 3,599 new cases of the disease on Monday, compared with 4,316 a day earlier. Italy registered 636 new deaths linked to the virus, compared with 525 the day before. That brings the total number of fatalities to 16,523.

Confirmed cases in the country now total 132,547, fewer than in the U.S. and Spain.