Daily coronavirus cases in Italy hit a new record of 26,831 on Thursday, the highest one-day increase since the start of the pandemic.
The total number of infections rose to 616,595, while deaths also spiked 217 – above the 200 mark for the third day in a row – bringing the death toll to 38,122.
Active cases reached 299,191 people while 1,651 people remain in the intensive care unit.
Recovery reached 279,282 people with 3,878 people recovered in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a speech to parliament that the latest steps they are taking are to prevent the uncertain and sudden spread of the virus.
* Written by Busra Nur Bilgic Cakmak
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