On Thursday, MILAN- Italy reported 501 related deaths against 467 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell from 23,904 to 23,649.
Some 356,085 tests for COVID-19 were conducted in the last day, compared to a previous 351,221, said the health ministry.
Italy has 109,847 deaths linked to COVID 19 since its outbreak was identified in February last year, the seventh-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the second-highest in the world. The country has reported 3.6 million cases to date.
Patients in intensive care- not including those in the COVID- 19- stood on Thursday at 28,949, down from 29,180 a day earlier.
On Wednesday there were 244 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 283 on the same day. The total number of intensive care patients was down from a previous 3,710 to 3,681.