Hope as Italy records first fall in active virus cases21 Apr, 2020
The number of people officially identified as infected with coronavirus in Italy has fallen for the first time since the country's outbreak began, authorities have said.
As of Monday, there were 108,237 people either being treated in hospital or recovering at home, 20 fewer than the previous day.
Authorities say the small but symbolic drop is a "positive development".
Italy's lockdown continues until 3 May but some businesses have reopened.
They include bookshops, stationers and shops selling children's clothes, as officials see how social distancing measures can be safely applied.
Italy has the third-highest number of Covid-19 cases in the world after Spain and the US. On Sunday, the increase of active positive cases in the country was 486.
Total cases, which includes those who have died and recovered, rose by just over 1.2%, the smallest proportional increase since the outbreak began. There were, however, 454 deaths - slightly up on Sunday's figure.
While the infection numbers are cause for optimism, the daily death toll is proving stubbornly high.
Intensive care figures also show a downward trend, with occupancy now at its lowest level in a month. Italy is by no means out of the woods. But it is on the right path - and it now feels like its sacrifices are paying off.