Italy reported 727 more deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 13,155. 

While Italy’s death toll remains the highest in the world, the number of fatalities and new cases being reported is lower than figures seen over the past few weeks.

Active cases were up 3.8% from Tuesday, reaching 80,572, while the number of recovered COVID-19 patients rose to 16,847.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which accounts for 7,593 of the country’s total fatalities.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Wednesday informed the parliament that the government

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