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Italy’s daily coronavirus cases hit new record, infections in Lombardy soar

Rome – Italy has registered 24 991 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday, up from 21 994 on Tuesday as cases in the northern region of Lombardy surged.

The ministry also reported 205 Covid-related deaths, compared with 221 the day before. The number of swabs carried out rose to a new record of198 952 from 174 398 a day earlier.

Looking to slow the spread of the virus, the government this week imposed new restrictions on the country, ordering the early closure of bars and restaurants and shutting down gyms, cinemas and theatres, among other measures.

A total 37 905 people have now died in Italy because of the coronavirus, the second highest tally in Europe after Britain, while 589 766 cases of the disease have been registered to date.

The northern region of Lombardy, which includes Italy’s financial capital Milan, was the epicentre of the country’s original epidemic earlier this year and remains by far the worst-impacted as the second wave hits.

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