Italy reports 186,253 COVID 19 cases, deaths rise to 360

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Italy reports 186,253 COVID 19 cases, deaths rise to 360

People wait to get a dose of the vaccine against the coronaviruses COVID - 19 on the day Italy brings in stricter rules for the unvaccinated, at a Red Cross vaccination centre near Termini main train station in Rome, Italy, January 10, 2022. REUTERS Guglielmo Mangiapane

MILAN, Jan 14, Reuters Italy reported 186,253 COVID 19 related cases on Friday, against 184,615 the day before, while the number of deaths rose to 360 from 316.

Italy has registered 140,548 deaths linked to COVID 19 since its outbreak emerged in February 2020, the second-highest death in Europe after Britain and the ninth highest in the world. The country has reported 8.36 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID 19 -- not including those in intensive care -- stood at 18,019 on Friday, up from 17,648 a day earlier in the day.

There were 136 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 156 on Thursday. The total number of intensive care patients increased to 1,679 from a previous 1,668.

Some 1.13 million tests for COVID 19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 1.18 million, the health ministry said.