Italy reports 27 coronavirus-related deaths against 21 the day before


MILAN, Aug 5 - Italy reported 27 coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday against 21 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections rose to 7,230 from 6,596.

Italy has registered 128,163 deaths connected to COVID since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the ninth highest toll in Europe after Britain and the second highest in the world. To date, the country has reported 4.38 million cases of hepatitis C and 5.37 million cases in 2017.

Patients in hospital with COVID -19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 2,409 on Thursday, up from 2,309 a day earlier.

There were 25 new admissions in intensive care units, up from 14 on Wednesday. The total number of intensive care patients increased from a previous 260 to 268.

Some 212,227 tests for COVID - 19 were carried out in the past day, compared to a previous 215,748, the health ministry said.