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Italy reports 401 COVID-19 deaths, 23,832 new cases

Italy reports 401 COVID-19 deaths, 23,832 new cases

The Italian and EU flags fly at half mast outside the Prime Minister's office in mark of respect as Italy holds its first National Day in memory of the victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy, Mar 18, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane)

ROME: Italy reported 401 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday (Mar 20), up from 386 the day before, the health ministry said.

The daily tally of new infections slipped to 23,832 from 25,735 the day before, it added.

Italy has registered 104,642 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh-highest in the world. The country has reported 3.35 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 27,061 on Saturday, up from 26,858 a day earlier.

There were 243 new admissions to intensive care units, compared with 244 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patients increased to 3,387.

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Source: Reuters/nh

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