Daily COVID-19 cases surge above 10,000 in Italy for first time

Daily COVID-19 cases surge above 10,000 in Italy for first time

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Naples
Students stand outside a closed school after the southern Italian region of Campania closed schools until the end of October as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Naples, Italy, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

ROME: Italy has registered 10,010 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Friday (Oct 16), the highest daily tally since the start of the country's outbreak and up from the previous record of 8,804 posted on Thursday.

The ministry also reported 55 COVID-related deaths, down from 83 the day before and far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April when a daily peak of more than 900 fatalities was reached.

The number of people in intensive care with the virus has risen steadily. It stood at 638 on Friday, up from 586 on Thursday and compared with a low of around 40 in the second half of July.

Italy was the first country in Europe to be slammed by COVID-19 and has the second-highest death toll in the continent after Britain, with 36,427 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.

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Source: Reuters

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