Italy reported a second successive record daily tally of COVID-19 cases on Friday (Dec 24), with new cases hitting 50,599 against 44,595 a day earlier, the health ministry said.
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The number of coronavirus-related deaths fell to 141 from 168 on Thursday.
Italy has registered 136,386 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the ninth-highest in the world. The country has reported 5.57 million cases to date.
Patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - stood at 8,812 on Friday, up from 8,722 a day earlier.
There were 102 new admissions to intensive care units, against 93 on Thursday. The total number of intensive care patients increased to 1,038 from a previous 1,023.
Some 929,775 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 901,450, the health ministry said.