Italy on Sunday reported 525 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 15,887 — the highest in the world — but registering a further slowdown in the death rate.

According to data by Italy’s Civil Protection Department, Sunday’s rise in the number of victims was the lowest in more than two weeks.

The slowing trend reported in the rise of infections — clearly down from the double-digit rises in the early stages of the outbreak – also supports the government’s hopes that a peak of the contagion is nearing.

Current infections grew 3.3%

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