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Italy adds 93 deaths to coronavirus count

Italy reported 93 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday against 136 the day before, the health ministry said, while the daily tally of new infections fell to 5,753 from 6,659, Reuters reports.

The last time there were less than 100 deaths reported on a single day in Italy was October 23, 2020, when 91 people died.

Italy has registered 124,156 deaths linked to coronavirus disease 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 4.16 million infections to date. Patients in hospital with coronavirus – not including those in intensive care – stood at 12,134 on Sunday, against 12,493 a day earlier.

There were 60 new admissions to intensive care units, against 63 on Saturday. The total number of intensive care patients fell to 1,779 from a previous 1,805.

Some 202,573 tests for coronavirus were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 294,686, the health ministry said.

4,255 in intensive care in France with coronavirus

France reported 4,255 people in intensive care units with the coronavirus disease on Sunday, down by 16 from the day before and the 13th day in a row the number of patients needing ICU treatment has dropped, Reuters reports.

France also reported 81 deaths in hospital among people who had tested positive for the coronavirus, down from 112 on Saturday.

40,941 more infected with coronavirus disease in Brazil

Brazil recorded 40,941 additional confirmed infections of the coronavirus disease in the past 24 hours, along with 1,036 deaths from the virus the Health Ministry said on Sunday, Reuters reports.

Brazil has now registered 15.63 million patients since the pandemic began, and the official death toll stands at 435,751, according to ministry data.

South Korea deaths rise to 1,900, adds 610 more patients

South Korea’s daily new coronavirus disease infections stayed in the 600s for the second consecutive day on Sunday as the country focuses on its vaccination campaign amid tight vaccine supply, Yonhap reports.

The country reported 610 more coronavirus infections, including 572 local infections, raising the total caseload to 131,671, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

Daily infections fell from 681 on Saturday after posting more than 700 on Thursday and Friday as sporadic cluster infections continued nationwide.

There were four additional virus deaths, raising the total to 1,900. The fatality rate was 1.44 percent.

Taipei sets up positive pressure coronavirus disease testing booths

Two positive pressure coronavirus disease testing booths were assembled in Taipei overnight on Saturday to increase the ability to rapidly detect new coronavirus patients amid the worsening cluster infections in Taiwan, CNA reports.

Each of the testing booths is capable of screening 12 individuals for the virus per hour, with a maximum of 240 individuals per day during urgent situations, according to a press release from the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

The ITRI, founded in 1973, is Taiwan’s leading technology research and development institution.

The two testing booths, developed by the ITRI in June 2020, were originally installed at the National Taiwan University Hospital Hsinchu Biomedical Park Branch and the Mackay Memorial Hospital Hsinchu Branch, both of which partnered with the ITRI in the development of the device.

However, due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus in northern Taiwan recently, the booths were transferred to Taipei City Hospital Zhongxing Branch and Bopiliao, a historical bloc in Wanhua District, one of the hotspots for cluster infection in Taipei.

According to the ITRI, the testing booths employ positive pressure technology that allows air to move only from inside to outside, thus alleviating the risk to medical workers taking samples.-Photo: CNA

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