Italy on Monday reported 601 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the number of total deaths to 6,077, still the highest number in the world. 

The latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department show that the total number of cases in the country once again grew, but the slower pace seen on Sunday continued.

Current contagions rose 8% from Sunday to reach 50,418. The total number of recovered or healed patients rose to 7,432.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which alone counts 3,776 victims.

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