Italy records LOWEST Covid-19 daily death toll in THREE WEEKS

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The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France jumped by almost 987 or 8% to 13,197 as nursing home deaths swelled but fewer people were in intensive care as the effect of nationwide confinement started to show.

Coronavirus recoveries continued in Italy, jumping from 32,424 on Saturday to 34,211 the following day as the country prepared to host a digital Easter Sunday mass for Catholics tuning in around the world.

According to reports, the total number of cases on the Chinese mainland has reached 82,160, including 1,378 cases from overseas.

The number of people in hospital virtually stabilised at 31,320, up by just 53, according to ministry data.

The total death toll rose by 635 or 5% to 13,832 - with 8,943 dead in hospital and 4,889 in nursing homes - but that was less than on Friday, when the total toll rose by 987 as nursing home deaths soared.

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Though the outbreak has slowed significantly, Italy remains one of the countries worst affected by the virus.

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in hospitals grew by 5% for the fourth day in a row and reached 90,676.

At least 156,363 people have tested positive for coronavirus, though officials note that the number might be as much as ten times higher, particularly in Lombardy, the epicenter of the Italian pandemic.

Italy's death toll stands at 19,899, the second highest in the world after the United States, the Civil Protection Agency said. Other residents showing symptoms are presumed to be infected.

The number of cases in nursing homes rose by 1,671 or 5% to 35,864.

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