ROME (Reuters) – Italy reported 344 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday compared to 718 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 17,567 from 18,938 the previous day.
Italy has recorded 113,923 deaths related to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain and seventh highest in the world. The country has 3.75 million cases to date.
Hospital patients with COVID-19 – excluding those in intensive care – totaled 27,654 on Saturday, down from 28,146 the day before.
There were 186 new admissions to the intensive care unit, down slightly from 192 on Friday. The number of intensive care patients decreased to 3,588 from 3,603 previously.
About 320,892 COVID-19 tests were carried out in the past day, compared with 362,973 previously, the health ministry said.
Reporting by Giulia Segreti, edited by