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Italy Reports Its Fewest New Coronavirus Cases in a Month

A man stands in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica colonnade in the Vatican City during coronavirus lockdown in Rome on April 11.
A man stands in the shadow of St. Peter's Basilica colonnade in the Vatican City during coronavirus lockdown in Rome on April 11.Photographer: Giulio Napolitano/Bloomberg

Italy reported its fewest new coronavirus cases in a month on Tuesday, as a government-appointed task force seeks to map out a way to ease a nationwide lockdown that’s crippling the economy.

There were 2,972 new cases of the disease -- the fewest since March 13 -- compared with 3,153 a day earlier, civil protection officials said at their daily briefing in Rome. The decline comes as testing slowed down over the Easter holiday weekend. Confirmed cases in the country now total 162,488.