ROME

Italy on Wednesday extended its stringent lockdown measures against the novel coronavirus for another two weeks as the death rate slowed.  

The country reported 727 more deaths from the coronavirus compared with 837 a day before, bringing the total number of victims to 13,155, still the highest globally.  

The number of fatalities and new cases being reported are lower than figures seen over the past few weeks, however, supporting experts’ expectations that the contagion’s peak may be approaching.   

Active cases were up 3.8% from Tuesday, reaching 80,572, while the number of recovered patients rose to 16,847.   

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