Italy's death toll from the novel corona virus increased by 36 to 233 on Saturday, while the number of infections rose from 1,247 to 5,883 with a daily record.
Italy has had the most deaths outside of China, and the third most common COVID-19 infections after China and South Korea.
Official numbers showed that the number of intensive care nurses in hospitals rose from 462 on Friday to 567.
The Italian government has been closely monitoring whether the cases are spreading from the richer north to the poorer south, which has fewer medical resources.
All 22 Italian regions have now registered cases, and a new death was reported in the Lazio region on Friday, which includes Rome and its outskirts.
The southeastern region of Puglia around the city of Bari recorded its second death on Saturday.
The Italian Civil Protection Service also announced that in the northern Lombardy region around Milan, where well over half of all infections have occurred, "there have been difficulties with the (number) of beds available in hospitals".
"We have beds in other regions to help Lombardy," Angelo Berrelli, chief of the civil protection service, told reporters.
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