Italy reports new record of 21,273 coronavirus cases as more curbs imposed

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker takes a swab sample from a person at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test centre at Rome's San Giovanni hospital, Italy, October 8, 2020. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy reported a new daily record of 21,273 coronavirus cases with 128 deaths, health ministry figures showed on Sunday as the government tightened restrictions further to try to bring the accelerating rise in case numbers under control.

Earlier, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that bars and restaurants would have to close by 6 p.m. and said cinemas, gyms and swimming pools would be shut as part of a package of measures to combat the pandemic which is raging across Europe.

Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Andrew Heavens