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Italy reports most new cases in 5 days

Italy’s Civil Protection Agency reported the largest jump in new cases in five days on Thursday, dealing yet another blow to hopes that cases might finally be peaking in the current ‘epicenter’ of the global outbreak.

The 6,153 new cases confirmed for Wednesday represents an 8.3% growth rate compared with the prior day. Fatalities from the outbreak saw a slight dip over the past 24 hours, totaling 662, compared with 683 for the previous day. All told, 8,165 of those diagnosed have died from COVID-19.

Here’s a breakdown by region, courtesy of Corriere della Sera, a popular Italian daily newspaper:

Finally, some good news: The number of Italians who have recovered passed 10,000 on Thursday (totale guariti).