ROME (Reuters) – The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in Italy rose 766 to 14,681 on Friday, according to the Civil Protection Agency, slightly higher than the daily number of 760 deaths registered the day before.
The number of new cases was slightly lower and rose from 4,568 to 4,685. This has resulted in total infections since the February 21 outbreak to 119,827.
Friday was the fifth day in a row that the number of new cases remained in the range of 4,050 to 4,782, confirming the government's hope that the epidemic will have plateaued before a decline is expected in the near future.
Italy reached a daily high of 6,557 new cases on March 21.
The daily death toll in the past three days has been between 727 and 766, after 837 on Tuesday and a high of 919 on Friday of last week.
Of the originally nationwide infected, 19,758 had fully recovered on Friday, compared to 18,278 the day before. There were 4,068 people in intensive care, compared to 4,053 previously.
Italy has registered more deaths than anywhere else in the world and is responsible for more than a quarter of all global deaths from the virus.
In Lombardy, the epicenter of the outbreak, the daily death toll was slightly lower than the previous day and was 351 vs. 367 on Thursday, but new infections rose to 1,455 vs. 1,292.
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