Italy on Saturday became the European country with the highest pandemic toll, its new total of 64,036 deaths overtaking Britain, according to an AFP tally.

The Italian health ministry said that 649 people had succumbed to the virus in the previous 24 hours and that 19,903 new cases had been diagnosed.
Worldwide, the USA has reported the highest number of Covid-19 deaths, with 295,539 as of Saturday at 1100 GMT, followed by Brazil, India, and Mexico.
According to the AFP tally for Europe, Italy overtook Britain, which has reported 64,026 deaths and is followed by France with 57,567 and Spain with 47,624.

Under Italy’s latest emergency decree, the government on Friday tightened the coronavirus rules over the Christmas, as well as keeping many existing measures in place, as it seeks to avoid a new spike in infections.

Italy was the first European country to suffer a wave of coronavirus infections earlier this year and imposed a nationwide lockdown.
But despite the introduction of mass testing, cases began rising again in early autumn. Italy’s national medical association said on Friday that a total of 251 doctors have now died from the coronavirus.