Italy on Monday reported 636 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 16,523 — the highest in the world — but registering a clear slowdown in the pace of contagions.

The slowing trend reported in the rise of infections – down from the double-digit increases in the early stages of the outbreak – seems to be supporting the government’s hopes that the peak of the contagion has reached.

Current infections grew 2% from Sunday to reach 93,187 – the slowest rise in over a week and one of the lowest since the start

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