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UPDATE 1-Italy reports 251 coronavirus deaths in a day, 14,931 new cases - ministry

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MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Italy reported 251coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday compared with 353 the daybefore, the health ministry said, while the number of newinfections fell to 14,931 from 15,479.

Some 306,078 coronavirus tests were carried out, comparedwith a previous 297,128, the ministry said.

Italy has registered 95,486 deaths linked to coronavirussince the first outbreak last February. That is thesecond-highest death toll in Europe after Britain and theseventh-highest in the world. The country has reported around2.8 million cases of infection.

The number of patients in hospital, excluding those inintensive care, was 17,725 on Saturday, compared with 17,831 aday earlier.

There were 137 new admissions to intensive care units, downfrom 151 on Friday. The total number of intensive care patientsrose slightly to 2,063 from a previous 2,059.

At the height of Italy's second wave of the epidemic, in thefirst half of November, hospital admissions were rising by about1,000 per day, while intensive care occupancy increased by about100 per day.(Reporting by Gianluca Semeraro; Editing by Mark Heinrich andMike Harrison)