Italy ends week with 388 new cases and 44 deaths from Covid-19

isitors with their faces covered by face masks admire the room of the Maggior Consiglio (The Hall of the Great Counsil) inside Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), one of the symbols of the city of Venice, under the canvas representing Heaven, painted by Tintoretto, one of the greatest exponents of Venetian painting and Mannerist art , on the day of reopening after the closure for the coronavirus, Venice, Italy, 13 June 2020. The Hall of the Great Council is one of the symbols of the city of Venice and a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic art and the largest and most majestic room in the Doge's Palace and, with its 53 meters in length and 25 in width, it is one of the largest in Europe. EPA-EFE/Andrea Merola

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Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 44 on Sunday, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the tally of new cases increased by 338.

The total death toll since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 now stands at 34,345, the agency said, the fourth highest in the world after those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 236,989, the seventh highest global tally behind those of the United States, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Britain and India.

The northern region of Lombardy, where the outbreak was first identified, remains by far the worst affected of Italy‘s 20 regions, accounting for 244 of the 338 new cases reported on Sunday.

People registered as currently carrying the illness fell to 26,274 from 27,485 the day before.

There were 209 people in intensive care on Sunday, down from 220 on Saturday, maintaining a long-running decline. Of those originally infected, 176,370 were declared recovered against 174,865 a day earlier.

The agency said 2.847 million people had been tested for the virus as of Saturday, against 2.817 million on Saturday, out of a population of around 60 million.

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