The coronavirus death toll in Italy jumped to 197 on Friday after 49 more fatalities were confirmed, local media reported.
The number of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,916 after 620 more were confirmed across the country, the ANSA news agency reported, citing Italy’s Civil Protection Agency.
Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe and has the highest number of deaths in the world after China.
Meanwhile, Vatican City also confirmed its first coronavirus case on Friday.
In a statement, the Vatican Press Office said healthcare services were closed to disinfect facilities after a patient tested positive for COVID-19.