Italy has surpassed three million confirmed coronavirus cases, with Friday marking the third straight day this week that daily new caseloads exceeded 20,000 cases.
With the 24,036 new confirmed infections registered by the health ministry, Italy has reached 3,023,129 cases.
The actual total is widely considered higher because testing was not extensive early in the pandemic.
The virus variant first found in England is potentially fuelling the increase, along with another variant, detected in Brazil.
Italy registered 297 more deaths, raising the confirmed death toll to 99,271.
“We can’t wait for more vaccines and doses of vaccines to arrive,” said Dr Gianni Rezza, a health ministry official, noting the slow delivery of shots.
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