A CLUSTER of new coronavirus infections has emerged in Rome, sparking fears a second wave of the deadly virus is on the way to Italy.

At least 17 people have tested positive for the virus on Piazza Pecile, in the residential district of Garbatella. The occupants of the building have now been placed in quarantine while the positive cases are transferred to separate quarantine facilities. Two children are believed to be among the positive cases.

The country is in the process of lifting lockdown restrictions, with cinemas allowed to reopen from tomorrow (Monday). However, the coronavirus crisis unit in Lazio has said it fears cases will continue to increase.

The death toll in Italy climbed by a further 78 today, while the new tally of cases grew by 346. This brings the total death toll in the country to 34,301 — the fourth highest in the world, behind the United States, UK and Brazil.