The number of coronavirus deaths in Italy increased by 525, down from 578 on Wednesday, but the number of new cases accelerated sharply to 3,786 from a previous 2,667.
The total death toll in Europe’s hardest-hit country rose to 22,170, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second highest in the world after that of the United States.
The number of officially confirmed cases climbed to 168,941, the third highest global tally behind those of the United States and Spain.
There were 2,936 people in intensive care on Thursday against 3,079 on Wednesday. Of those originally infected, 40,164 were declared recovered against 38,092 a day earlier.