Italy has registered 2,548 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours. It’s the first time the country has exceeded 2,000 cases in one day since late April, the health ministry said.
The country reported 24 new deaths from the coronavirus on Thursday from 19 the day before. That is much less than at the peak of the outbreak in Italy in March and April.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by Covid-19 and has the highest death toll on the continent, with 35,918 deaths since the epidemic flared up in February. The country has registered 317,409 cases of infection.
Thanks to one of the toughest lockdowns in the world, the government managed to get the epidemic under control by the summer.
The number of cases has slowly increased again over the past two months, but there are still far fewer daily infections in Italy than elsewhere in Europe.
France, Spain and the United Kingdom all register thousands of more cases per day.