ROME 

Italy on Saturday reported 681 more deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 15,362 — the highest in the world — but confirming a slowdown in the death rate.

The slowing trend recently registered in the rise of infections — clearly down from the double-digit rises in the early stages of the outbreak — seems supporting the government’s hopes that a peak of the contagion is nearing.

Current infections grew 3.3% from Friday to reach 88,274. The number of recovered people also continued to surge, climbing to 20,996.

Head of Italy’s Civil Protection Department

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