The drop in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus was recorded on a day when fewer tests were performed, the ministry admitted.
In total, Italy has 248,070 people who have contracted the coronavirus since the first case was detected in the country, on February 21.
In the same period, the number of deaths reached 35,154, of which eight occurred in the last 24 hours, all in the Lombardy region.
Italy has maintained an increase in the number of cases of covid-19 infections, with an average of 250 new patients per day, and the decrease in the number of positives detected is usually linked to the lower number of tests performed, which today are 43,269 , 17,000 less than on Saturday.
New cases have been detected in all regions of Italy, but the north remains the most affected, with 49 new patients in Emilia Romagna, 38 in Lombardy and 45 in Veneto.
In Italy, there are currently 200,460 people who have been considered cured of the disease, 231 more than on Saturday, but the number of those in intensive care units remains the same: 42 infected.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 685,000 deaths and infected more than 17.8 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.
PMC // PJA
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