No few than 683 new coronavirus deaths were recorded in the last day in Italy.
The country death rate now totals 7,503 , making it the epicenter of the pandemic in the world.
The number of confirmed cases in the hard-hit country rose to 74,386 from the 69,176 reported on Tuesday, according to health officials.
On Tuesday the country reported 743 deaths. That followed 602 deaths on Monday, and 650 on Sunday.
The 793 deaths recorded on Saturday – the highest daily figure since the contagion came to light on February 21.