Italy, Europe’s most affected country by Covid-19, passes 70,000 deaths

Italy reported 553 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday compared to 628 the day before, taking its total charge over 70,000, the health ministry said.

The daily number of new infections increased to 14,522 from 13,318.

The first Western country to be affected by the virus, Italy, becomes the fifth nation in the world to surpass 70,000 deaths, with an updated total of 70,395, the highest in Europe.

It has also so far registered approximately 1.991 million cases.

The number of drought tests carried out in the last day increased to 175,364 from the previous 166,205, the Ministry of Health said.

Patients in hospital with Covid-19 stood at 24,546 on Wednesday, which was 402 less than the day before. There were 216 new admissions to intensive care units, compared with 201 on Tuesday.

The current number of intensive care patients decreased by 63 to 2,624, reflecting those who died or were discharged after recovery.

When Italy’s second wave of the epidemic accelerated rapidly during the first half of November, hospital admissions increased by about 1,000 per day, while intensive care occupancy increased by about 100 per day.