ROME

Italy on Tuesday reported 534 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, higher than a day before, bringing the total number of fatalities to 24,648, as the slowdown in the contagion curve continued.

According to the latest data released by the Italian Civil Protection Department, current infections fell for the second time in a row, by 528, to reach 107,709.

The number of recovered people climbed sharply to 51,600, while the number of intensive care patients continued to drop, easing pressure on Italy’s struggling healthcare system.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which now counts

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