Italy on Friday reported 420 new deaths related to the novel coronavirus within 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 25,969 as infections in the country continue to slow.

According to the latest data released by the Italian Civil Protection Department, new infections fell for the fifth day in a row with 321, making the total 106,527.

Recoveries climbed sharply to 60,498, while patients have continued to be taken off of intensive care, further easing the pressure on Italy’s struggling healthcare system.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains to be the northern region of Lombardy, where

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