Italy has registered 133,131 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 4.9 million cases to date.

The number of patients in hospital with COVID-19 - not including those in intensive care - rose to 4,250 on Saturday from 4,145 on Friday.

There were 50 new admissions to intensive care units, up from 39 on Friday. A total of 512 patients are currently in intensive care.

Some 574,812 tests for COVID-19 were carried out in the past day, compared with a previous 534,690, the health ministry said.