Coronavirus: Italy reports 35,098 daily COVID-19 cases, 580 deaths

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Italy has registered 35,098 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Tuesday, steeply up from 25,271 on Monday.

The ministry also reported 580 COVID-related deaths against 356 the day before -- the highest daily death toll since April 14. On that day, when the whole country was in lockdown during Italy’s first wave of the epidemic, there were 602 fatalities.

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There were 217,758 coronavirus swabs carried out in the past day, the ministry said, against 147,725 and 191,144 on the previous two days.

A total of 42,330 people have now died because of COVID-19 in Italy since the disease came to light in February. There have been some 995,463 registered infections.

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The northern region of Lombardy, centered on Italy’s financial capital Milan, remained the hardest hit area on Tuesday, reporting 10,955 new cases and 129 deaths.

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