Rome: Italy has registered 10,010 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the nation's highest daily tally since the start of the country's outbreak and up from the previous record of 8,804.
The Health ministry also reported 55 COVID-related deaths, down from 83 the day before and far fewer than at the height of the pandemic in Italy in March and April when a daily peak of more than 900 fatalities was reached. The number of coronavirus sufferers in intensive care continued to rise though, reaching 638 on Friday, up over 50 from Thursday.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be slammed by COVID-19 and has the second-highest death toll on the continent after Britain, with 36,427 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.
The Italian government imposed new restrictions on gatherings, restaurants, sports and school activities in an attempt to slow the surge of infections.