Italy reports 23 COVID-19 related deaths over last day, lowest increase since March

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22 June 2020

The Civil Protection Department said Monday that 23 COVID-19 sufferers have died in Italy in the last 24 hours, APA reports citing ANSA.

That is down from 24 deaths on Sunday and it is the lowest daily death toll since early March.

Three new deaths were reported in Lombardy, the hardest-hit region, the lowest level since February 27.

The overall coronavirus death toll in Italy now stands at 34,657. The department said that Italy has registered 218 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. That is down slightly from the 224 new cases reported on Sunday. The department said 143 of Monday's new cases, 65.5% of the total, were registered in Lombardy. It said seven regions reported no new cases on Monday - Puglia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria, Valle d'Aosta and Basilicata.

A relatively low number of swabs were taken though - 28,972. The department said that 183,426 people have recovered from COVID-19 here, up 533 with respect to Sunday. Sunday's rise was 440. It said 20,637 are currently known to be infected with the coronavirus here, down 335 on Sunday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Italy, including the currently positive, the deceased and those who have recovered, now stands at 238,720.