Italy reports record 98,030 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, 148 deaths

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MILAN, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Italy reported another fresh record daily tally of COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with new cases hitting 98,030 against 78,313 a day earlier, the health ministry said.

The number of coronavirus-related deaths fell to 148 from 202 on Tuesday.

Italy has registered 137,091 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth highest in the world. The country has reported 5,85 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 10,578 on Wednesday, up from 10,089 a day earlier.

There were 126 new admissions to intensive care units, up from 119 on Tuesday. The total number of intensive care patients increased to 1,185 from a previous 1,145.

Some 1.03 million tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, in line with Tuesday’s record, the health ministry said. (Reporting by Maria Pia Quaglia, editing by Francesca Piscioneri)

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