Italy reports 261 coronavirus deaths Saturday

Italy reported 261 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday compared to 459 the day before, the Health Ministry said.

Italy reported 261 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday compared to 459 the day before, the Health Ministry said.

The daily count of new infections increased by 10,407 from 19,037 the day before, bringing the total number of cases since the epidemic began in Italy to 2,010,037.

Italy on Thursday became the eighth country in the world to exceed 2 million officially registered cases.

The number of swab tests performed last day was 81,285 of the previous 152,334, the Health Ministry said. Italy, the first western country affected by the virus, has reported 70,909 deaths since the outbreak came to light on February 21, the highest figure in Europe and the fifth highest in the world.

Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 stood at 23,304, 98 less than the previous day.

The current number of intensive care patients dropped by two to 2,582, reflecting those who died or were discharged after recovery.

When the second wave of the epidemic in Italy accelerated rapidly in the first half of November, hospital admissions increased by approximately 1,000 per day, while intensive care occupancy increased by approximately 100 per day.

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