The coronavirus death toll has today risen by 662 to 8,165 with more than 6,100 new cases recorded.
The global has now surpassed half a million.
The total number of confirmed cases in Italy now stands at 80,539, almost as many as China, where the first cases of Covid-19 were reported in December.
The nation’s Civil Protection Agency reported 662 deaths today, bringing the country’s death toll to 8,165 – the highest in the world.
It comes after Italy’s death toll jumped by 683 to 7,503 on Wednesday, a decline in the daily tally of fatalities following a spike a day earlier.