Italy reports 44 COVID-19 deaths on Sunday, lowest daily total since October

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy reported 44 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, up from 83 the day before and the lowest figure since mid-October, while the daily tally of new infections also fell to 2,949 from 3,351, a said the Ministry of Health.

Italy has recorded 126,046 COVID-19-related deaths since its outbreak in February last year, the second-highest death toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh in the world.

The country has reported 4.216 million cases to date.

The number of deaths is often lower on a Sunday but the latest figure confirms a downward trend. The number of people reported dead from COVID-19 stood at 72 last Sunday and 93 a week before that, up from 139 on Sunday, May 9.

The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 – not counting those in intensive care – totaled 6,591 on Sunday, up from 6,800 a day earlier.

There were 27 new ICU admissions, little change from 29 on Saturday. The total number of intensive care patients was 1,061 versus 1,095.

Only 164,495 tests for COVID-19 were performed on Sunday, down sharply from 247,330 the day before, the ministry said.

Separately, on Sunday, the health ministry said it had extended the current ban on travelers from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka until June 21.

(Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Angus MacSwan, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Jane Merriman)

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