Italy new COVID-19 cases fall to 32,616 on Sunday

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a cafeteria that serves takeaways, as the region of Lombardy becomes a 'red zone', closing bars, restaurants and most shops as part of tougher measures to tackle the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Milan, Italy, November 6, 2020. REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy has registered 32,616 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, compared to 39,811 on Saturday.

The ministry also reported 331 COVID-19 related deaths, down from 425 the day before.

But the number of swab tests carried out was lower than Saturday’s count.

A total of 41,394 people have died because of COVID-19 in Italy, which has registered 935,104 infections since the start of its outbreak.

The northern region of Lombardy, home to Italy’s business capital Milan, remained the hardest-hit area, although new cases fell to 6,318 on Sunday from 11,489 on Saturday.

Neighbouring Piedmont was the second-worst affected with 3,884 new cases compared to 4,437 cases the day before.

Reporting by Stephen Jewkes; Editing by Giles Elgood