ROME

Italy on Thursday reported 464 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, a bit higher than a day before, bringing the total number of fatalities to 25,549, 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 fourth day in a row, by 851, to reach 106,848.

The number of recovered people climbed sharply to 57,576, while the number of intensive care patients continued to fall, easing pressure on Italy’s struggling healthcare system.

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

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