Italy registered the highest number of new coronavirus cases since late April on Thursday, partly because of increased testing.
Italian health authorities recorded 2,548 new cases of coronavirus detected within the past 24 hours on Thursday – a significant increase from 1,851 on Wednesday.
This was the first time the number of new cases has exceeded 2,000 since the end of April, shortly before Italy began loosening its lockdown rules.
Health authorities carried out a record number of tests in the 24-hour period: 118,236, about 13 thousand more than the day before.
Hospitalisations continue to rise steadily, with 291 patients now in intensive care, an increase of 11 in 24 hours.
There were 24 deaths recorded on Thursday, meaning the overall Italian death toll is now 35,918.
The total number of infected people since the beginning of the emergency rises to 317,409.