Italy reports 42,081 new coronavirus cases on Sunday

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People sit at a bar in Campo de Fiori on the day Italy's government lifts obligation to wear masks outdoor following a decline in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, in Rome, Italy, February 11, 2022. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Italy reported 42,081 COVID-19 related cases on Sunday, down from 50,534 the day before, the health ministry said, while the number of deaths reported fell to 141 from 252.

Some 372,776 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, well below the previous day's figure of 492,045, the health ministry said.

Italy has registered 152,989 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February 2020, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth highest in the world. The country has reported 12.47 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 13,284 on Sunday, down from 13,387 a day earlier.

There were 52 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 76 on Saturday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 934 from 953.

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Reporting by Valentina Za; Editing by Toby Chopra

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