Italy's health minister commended the country for its work to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, saying that while Italy still has some way to go in eliminating the virus, it is "out of the storm" of the crisis.
"I think Italy did it. I am not thinking of the government, but of the country as a whole," Health Minister Roberto Speranza said, reports the CNN.
"We are out of the storm, even if not yet in a safe haven," he added.
According to the latest data from Italy's Civil Protection Agency, another 15 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded over the last 24 hours, while 128 new cases have been confirmed.
"We were the first to be hit in the world after China. We didn't have an instruction manual, we had to learn about the virus," Speranza said.
"The international situation is worrying, we are in the worst moment of the epidemic in the world," he added, cautioning that the crisis will only "be a thing of the past" when a successful vaccine is developed.