Italy reports 13,532 new cases of coronavirus

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Italy reported 311 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 316 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections dipped to 13,532 from 13,908 reported on Friday.

Some 290,534 tests for COVID-19 were carried out, compared with 305,619 the day before, the ministry said.

Italy has registered 93,356 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the sixth-highest in the world. The country has reported 2.71 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 18,500 on Saturday, down from 18,736 a day earlier.

There were 118 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 153 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 2,062 from a previous 2,095.

When Italy’s second wave of the epidemic was accelerating quickly in the first half of November, hospital admissions were rising by about 1,000 per day, while intensive care occupancy was increasing by about 100 per day.

Main Photo: A patient during the Silver Vaccine Day, in Genoa, Italy. Starting from 15 February elderly people over eighty can book vaccinations for Covid-19. EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO

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