Italy on Saturday reported 619 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of fatalities to 19,468 a day after the government announced a new extension of the nationwide lockdown until May 3.

Current infections grew 2% from Friday to 100,269 – more than the previous day, when the rise was 1.4%. The number of recovered people continued to climb to 32,534, while the number of intensive care patients dropped for the eighth consecutive day.

The epicenter of the Italian outbreak remains the northern Lombardy region, which now counts 10,511 victims, more than half of the total.

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