Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide might be turning in the deadliest disaster the country has faced since World War II.
Guidelines in Italy require hospitals to limit the number of people admitted for treatment.
Italy could be facing a significant loss of jobs, business closures and international isolation.
The earthquake hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, collapsing buildings and trapping children under rubble. It also injured dozens.
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