Italy on Friday reported 766 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 14,681, still the highest in the world, but apparently confirming signs of a slowdown. 

The continued slowdown in the rise of infections – down from the double-digit increases seen in the early stages of the outbreak – point to a possible peak for the contagion.

Current infections grew 2.8% from Thursday – down from 3% a day before – to reach 85,388. The number of recovered people also continued to surge, reaching 19,758.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the

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