Italy has registered 10,010 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health. This is the highest daily number since the country’s outbreak began, and is above the previous record of 8,804 the previous day.
The ministry also reported 55 coronavirus-related deaths on Friday, up from 83 the day before and far fewer than at the height of the Italian pandemic in March and April, when it hit a daily high of more than 900 deaths.
The number of people in intensive care with the virus has steadily increased.
It was 638 on Friday, up from 586 Thursday, compared to a low of around 40 in the second half of July.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by COVID-19 and has the second highest death toll on the continent after the UK. According to official figures, 36,427 people have been killed since the February outbreak.
Australian Associated Press
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