Italy's daily virus count hits record high

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Italy has counted 31,084 new coronavirus infections and 199 related deaths in the last 24 hours, according to a daily bulletin on the pandemic.

The daily infections figure, which was just under 27,000 on Thursday, broke a new record while fatalities were slightly down after three days in which they stood at more than 200 per day.

Intensive care patients have increased to 1746, compared to 1,651 on Thursday and 1050 seven days earlier.

This trend is seen as particularly worrying.

The overall death toll now stands at 38,321 while the total infections count has reached 647,674, the Civil Protection agency and the Health Ministry said.