Italy reports 117 more COVID-19 deaths, 548 new cases
Italy's Frecce Tricolori aerobatic squad performing over Milan, Italy, on May 25, 2020. The squad started on Monday a series of shows across Italy for the 74th anniversary of the Republic Day and as a sign of unity and solidarity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Xinhua/IANS

Italy reports 117 more COVID-19 deaths, 548 new cases

Rome, May 28, 2020

Italy on Wednesday reported 117 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the toll in the country in the pandemic sweeping the world to 33,072 -- the third highest in the world.

The Civil Protection Department said 58 of the new deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the worst-hit region in the country.

Eight regions -- Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria, Sardinia, Valle d'Aosta, Calabria, Molise, Basilicata -- and the province of Bolzano did not report any new victims, it said.

The department said 548 new cases of infection were recorded in the country during the previous 24 hours, 384 of them in Lombardy.

The number of people who have recovered from the viral disease has gone up by 2,443 to 147,101.

The number of active cases of the virus has come down by 1,976 to 50,966. The number of those in intensive care in hospitals has come down by 16 to 505.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country so far -- including those who have recoverd, the active cases at present and the patients who have died -- has reached 231,139 --

The department said 50,966 people are currently infected with the coronavirus in Italy, down 1,976. The total number of cases in Italy, including those currently infected, the deceased and the recovered, is now 231,139 -- the sixth highest in the world.


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