Italy reports 136 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, 6,659 new cases

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ROME, May 15 (Reuters) - Italy reported 136 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday against 182 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 6,659 from 7,567.

Italy has registered 124,063 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the seventh-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.15 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 12,493 on Saturday, against 13,050 a day earlier.

There were 63 new admissions to intensive care units, against 99 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 1,805 from a previous 1,860.

Some 294,686 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 298,186, the health ministry said. (Editing by Crispian Balmer)

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