ROME

Italy on Friday reported 575 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, slightly higher than the previous day, bringing the total number of fatalities to 22,745.

According to the latest data released by the Italian Civil Protection Department, current infections grew only 0.3% from Thursday — the lowest rate since the start of the outbreak — to reach 106,962.

The number of recovered people climbed to 42,727 — with the highest rise ever. The number of intensive care patients has dropped for two weeks in a row, further easing pressure on Italy’s struggling healthcare system.

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