Italy registered 502 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, its highest daily number since late January.
The health ministry says that increased the known toll to 103,001 deaths, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain.
Admissions continue to rise at Italy’s intensive care units and other hospital departments for patients with COVID-19. Italy is struggling to tamp down a surge of cases, including among young people. Health experts say it is fueled in part by variants of the coronavirus.
With nearly 20,400 new cases in the last 24 hours, Italy has totaled 3.2 million confirmed infections. A slowdown in delivery of vaccines by manufacturers and other logistics problems had bogged down Italy’s vaccine rollout, but the pace of injections has improved in recent days.
On Monday, Italy joined several other European nations in temporarily suspending use of the AstraZeneca vaccine.