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Italy posts new daily coronavirus cases record: health ministry

FILE PHOTO: A closed school is seen after the southern Italian region of Campania closed schools until the end of October as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Naples, Italy, October 16, 2020. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy registered 10,925 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday, up from the previous record of 10,010 cases posted on Friday.

There were also 47 COVID-related deaths on Saturday, down from 55 the day before, the ministry said, far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April when daily fatalities peaked at more than 900.

Italy was the first country in Europe to be slammed by COVID-19 and has the second-highest death toll in the region after Britain, with 36,427 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.

Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro; Editing by David Clarke