Italy on Thursday reported 662 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 8,165, still the highest in the world.

According to the latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department the total number of cases in the country continues to grow, while the daily death rate was a bit lower than Wednesday.

Confirmed contagions rose by 8% from Wednesday to reach 62,013. The total number of recovered or healed people reached 10,361.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which counts 4,861 victims alone.

Lombardy’s Governor Attilio Fontana

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