Italy daily coronavirus cases, deaths fall slightly

Police patrol as people wearing protective masks walk along the principal shopping street of Via del Corso, as the number of people infected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to rise, in Rome, Italy, November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

ROME (Reuters) - Italy has registered 37,255 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday, down from 40,902 on Friday.

The ministry also reported 544 COVID-related deaths, down from 550 the day before.

There were 227,695 coronavirus swabs carried out in the past day, the ministry said, against a previous 254,908.

The northern region of Lombardy, centred on Italy’s financial capital Milan, remained the hardest hit area on Saturday, reporting 8,129 new cases against 10,634 on Friday.

Reporting by Giselda Vagnoni; editing by John Stonestreet