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Italy reports more than 17K new COVID-19 cases, 300 deaths

Italy reports more than 17K new COVID-19 cases, 300 deaths
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Italy on Saturday reported more than 17,000 coronavirus cases and 300 deaths, according to Reuters.

The Italian Ministry of Health reported 17,567 new coronavirus infections, a decrease from 18,938 reported on Friday, according to the news service. In addition, it reported 344 coronavirus-related deaths, down from the 718 the day before.

The nation conducted 320,892 coronavirus tests over the past day, compared with a previous 362,973, Reuters reported.

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Meanwhile, the number of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 who were not in intensive care as of Saturday was 27,654. The health ministry further said that 186 patients were admitted to intensive care, according to Reuters.

The new numbers come as the nation is set to ease some of its coronavirus restrictions for certain regions. Bloomberg News reported that Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed a decree on Friday that would shift six regions that are considered high risk to medium risk.

As of Monday, more retail business can open, but bars and restaurants will remain open for takeout only, and travel to other regions will mostly be off limits.

Italy has logged 3,737,526 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began and 113,579 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The nation has also administered more than 12.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses. More than 3.8 million people have been fully vaccinated, representing 6.31 percent of Italy's population.