Deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in Italy rose by 165 on Sunday, against 194 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said as the daily tally of new cases fell to 802 from 1,083 on Saturday.
The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 30,560 the agency said, the third highest in the world after those of the United States and Britain.
It was the lowest daily death toll since March 9, although in recent weeks of the epidemic the daily death count has tended to fall on Sundays only to rise again the following day.
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For the first time since early March new cases were under 1,000 with the total number of confirmed cases amounting to 219,070, the third highest global tally behind those of the United States and Spain.
People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 83,324 from 84,842 the day before.
A local priest blesses coffins that have been piling up in a church due to a high number of deaths, before they are taken away by military trucks, in Seriate, Italy on March 28, 2020. (Reuters)