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Italy Registered One of the Lowest Day-to-Day Increases in COVID-19 Cases since Early March

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Mounted policemen, right, and Carabinieri in high uniform, left, patrol outside the Colosseum in Rome, Monday, June 1, 2020, during the reopening to the public of one of Italy s most visited monument, after more of two months of lockdown for the coronavirus pandemics. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

ROME — Italy has registered one of the lowest day-to-day increases in coronavirus infections since the early days of March, before the strict national lockdown.

The Health Ministry said Monday there were 178 confirmed new COVID-19 cases since Sunday evening, raising to 233,197 the total number of known coronavirus cases in the nation. Authorities say the actual number is undoubtedly much higher, since many people with no or mild symptoms go untested.

The nation also saw one of its lowest daily death counts since early in the outbreak. There were 60 confirmed deaths in the 24-hour period ending on Monday evening. Italy’s official death toll in the pandemic now stands at 33,475.

Italy on Wednesday will open its borders to tourism from most European countries as well as permit tourism travel between regions for the first time since lockdown began three months ago.