The death toll in Italy from the novel coronavirus surged to 233 on Saturday after 36 more fatalities were confirmed in the last 24 hours, according to an official. 

Civil protection chief Angelo Borelli said the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 5,061 while the total number of affected, including deaths and recoveries, reached 5,883. 

Borrelli said that 36 more deaths were recorded over the past 24 hours, adding that some 589 people have recovered so far.

The authorities said that as of Saturday, the number of patients in intensive care was 567.

According to local media, patients in

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