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MILAN — The number of new coronavirus cases in Italy narrowed on Monday to 27,354, in keeping with weekend dips reflecting lower testing numbers, but the infection rate remained a stubborn 18%.

Italy is still struggling to contain a second surge, with more than half of the country on partial lockdown.

Another 504 people died in the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry figures, bringing the pandemic total of known deaths to 45,733, second in Europe behind Britain. Hospital admissions rose by nearly 500 while another 70 people were in intensive care.

Nationwide, more than half of the hospital beds were dedicated to COVID care, a level deemed critical by the government. The rates were highest in the north, where the health care system is generally more advanced.

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said preliminary results announced by the pharmaceutical Moderna on Monday that its experimental COVID-19 vaccine may be more than 90% effective is “quite encouraging” but that more data are still needed.

At a press briefing in Geneva, WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said “we need to wait and see what the final efficacy and the safety profile of this vaccine will be,” after participants in the vaccine trial have been followed for at least two months.

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One of the many men hoping to find love on this season of “The Bachelorette” revealed he tested positive for coronavirus and then crashed his car the same day his reality television debut aired on ABC.

Peter Giannikopoulos was one of four new suitors to join the hit dating show Tuesday with the hopes of winning over the show’s new star, Tayshia Adams. The original leading lady, Clare Crawley made her exit after connecting with her fiance, Dale Moss, just a few days into the journey.

In an Instagram post written the same night he appeared on “The Bachelorette,” which was filmed in Palm Springs, Fla., Giannikopoulos announced he would be entering a two-week quarantine after receiving his positive test results on Monday.

“The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life. Yesterday I tested positive for Covid,” he wrote in a caption alongside a shirtless photo of himself.

“Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win.”

The 33-year real estate developer from Massachusetts added that while the diagnosis was bad enough, he also crashed his car on the way home from the clinic.

“As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole,” he wrote.

“The air bag deployed, driver side door was wedged in, broken glass everywhere, and I was 5ft away from smashing into a building.”

They only thing he remembers, Giannikopoulos added, are people shouting for help after the accident, which left him with a scrape and a few bruises.

Filming for this season of “The Bachelorette” concluded in September. It’s not clear whether Peter nabs the heart of Tayshia or if he is sent home before the final rose.

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Peter Giannikopoulos, one of the suitors vying for Tayshia Adams’ hand on the current season of ”The Bachelorette,” announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, then was involved in a serious car accident upon hearing the news.

The strapping real estate adviser from Everett, Massachusetts, was one of four suitors who entered the Palm Springs “Bachelorette” bubble on the episode that aired Tuesday night. Giannikopoulos, 32, wrote in an Instagram post the same night that he had begun a two-week quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus Monday.

“The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life. Yesterday I tested positive for Covid,” he wrote alongside a shirtless selfie photo taken from a propped position in his bed. “Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win.”

Filming for the current season wrapped in September. Giannikopoulos, a fitness buff who has posted frequent Instagram photographs wearing a face mask, said he was emotionally running his mind over how he could have contracted the virus.

“I felt lousy for a few days, but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work,” he stated.

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The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life. Yesterday I tested positive for Covid and have begun two week quarantine. I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment with so many thoughts in my head as to how this happened. I felt lousy for a few days but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work. This is an example no matter who we are or what we do, we are all vulnerable. As if the positive news wasn’t bad enough, while driving home from the clinic my anxiety started to get the best of me. As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole. The air bag deployed, driver side door was wedged in, broken glass everywhere, and I was 5ft away from smashing into a building. All I remember was waking up to people shouting for help, as I was in a deep daze and confusion. I didn’t know where I was, how I got there, or what happened. Luckily I came out of it with only a small gash on my nose. Truly a blessing as I am a firm believer I had angels watching over me. Covid is something we all need to face head on and stay positive during these times. We can’t run away from it nor pretend it does not exist. It creates immense anxiety as a result of me losing consciousness behind the wheel. In moments like this,

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Peter Giannikopoulos, one of the suitors vying for Tayshia Adams’s hand on the current season of “The Bachelorette,” announced Tuesday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, then was involved in a serious car accident upon hearing the news.

The strapping real estate adviser from Everett, Mass., was one of four suitors who entered the Palm Springs “Bachelorette” bubble on the episode airing Tuesday. Giannikopoulos, 32, wrote in an Instagram post the same night that he had begun a two-week quarantine after testing positive for the coronavirus Monday.

“The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life. Yesterday I tested positive for Covid,” he wrote alongside a shirtless selfie photo taken from a propped position in his bed. “Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win.”

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Filming for the current season wrapped in September. Giannikopoulos, a fitness buff who has posted frequent Instagram photographs wearing a face mask, said he was emotionally running his mind over how he could have contracted the virus.

“I felt lousy for a few days, but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work,” he stated.

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As if that was not enough, Giannikopoulos wrote that he was involved in the serious car crash driving home after hearing the test results.

“My anxiety started to get the best of me. As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole,” he wrote. “The air bag deployed, driver side door was wedged in, broken glass everywhere.”

“All I remember was waking up to people shouting for help, as I was in a deep daze and confusion. I didn’t know where I was, how I got there, or what happened,” Giannikopoulos wrote, adding that he only suffered a slight nose injury. “Truly a blessing, as I am a firm believer I had angels watching over me.”

USA TODAY has reached out to ABC media relations for further comment.

Giannikopoulos encouraged people to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously.

“Covid is something we all need to face head on and stay positive during these times. We can’t run away from it nor pretend it does not exist,” he continued. “It creates immense anxiety … In moments like this, lean against each other for support and positivity.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: ‘Bachelorette’ suitor Peter Giannikopoulos tests positive for COVID-19, crashes car after test results

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