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Italy Reports Lowest CCP Virus Death Increase Since Early March

Parish priest of the Santa Maria Assunta church in Pontoglio, Don Giovanni Cominardi (C), is escorted by Pontoglio mayor Alessandro Seghezzi (L), during a Via Crucis procession (Way of the Cross) as part of Good Friday celebrations in Pontoglio, Italy, on April 10, 2020. (Miguel Medina /AFP via Getty Images)

Parish priest of the Santa Maria Assunta church in Pontoglio, Don Giovanni Cominardi (C), is escorted by Pontoglio mayor Alessandro Seghezzi (L), during a Via Crucis procession (Way of the Cross) as part of Good Friday celebrations in Pontoglio, Italy, on April 10, 2020. (Miguel Medina /AFP via Getty Images)

Italian authorities reported the lowest COVID-19 death increase since early March.

Italys Civil Protection Agency said on Sunday that 24 new deaths occurred in the previous 24 hours, the lowest number since March 2.

The overall death toll stands at about 34,000, while the total number of cases is about 21,000, according to figures from CNN.

The number of people in intensive care dropped from 152 on Saturday to 148 on Sunday, officials told Reuters. About 182,000 have recovered from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a novel coronavirus that emerged last year in China.

In June, Italy became the first European country to reopen its borders as well as ending mandatory 14-day quarantines for people entering its borders.

Last week, Italian health officials warned of renewed CCP virus transmission, especially after new outbreaks of cases in Rome.

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Prime minister Giuseppe Conte wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he arrives to address parliament on the next European Council meeting, in Rome, Italy, on June 17, 2020. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

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