Italy on Monday reported 812 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of victims to 11,591, still the highest in the world.

However, the latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department showed a clear slowdown in the number of new contagions, which grew by only 2% to reach 75,528 — the lowest percentage since the beginning of the outbreak.

The total number of recovered or healed people also grew sharply, reaching 14,620.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which alone counts 6,818 victims.

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