Within one day, Italian health authorities reported 642 new coronavirus infections.
The number of swabs taken rose by almost 20,000 on Tuesday, to 71,000 in a day, the ministry said. The regions which recorded the biggest rises were Lombardy (+91) and Emilia Romagna (+76).
The total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic is 255,278. With 7 more fatalities recorded on Tuesday, the death toll stands at 35,412.
Many of Italy’s new cases have been attributed to holidaymakers – often Italians returning from abroad, health authorities said.