Italy reported five coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, down from 16 the day before, the health ministry said, and the daily tally of new infections fell to 5 321 from 6 513.

Italy has registered 128 068 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.355 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 1 954 on Sunday, up from 1 851 a day earlier.

There were 22 new admissions to intensive care units, down from 25 on Saturday, and the total number of intensive care patients increased to 230 from a previous 214.

Some 167 761 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, up from a previous 264 860, the health ministry said.