Italy on Monday reported 454 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, slightly higher than a day before, bringing the total number of fatalities to 24,114, as the slowdown in the contagion curve continues.

According to the latest data released by the Italian Civil Protection Department, current infections fell for the first time from the previous day, by 20, to reach 108,237.

The number of recovered people climbed to 48,877, while the number of intensive care patients has dropped now for more than two weeks, easing pressure on Italy’s struggling healthcare system.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the

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