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A further 34 Covid-related deaths were reported in Italy today, while the number of new infections also fell.

The figure represents a slight decrease in the number of deaths from the virus being registered, according to the Reuters news agency.

Italy has registered 128,413 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February last year, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth-highest in the world. The country has reported 4.435 million cases to date.

Patients in hospital with COVID-19 – not including those in intensive care – stood at 3,101 on Saturday, up from 3,033 a day earlier.

The British prime minister’s wife Carrie Johnson encouraged pregnant women to get vaccinated, writing on Instagram that she was “feeling great” after taking her second jab.

Johnson announced on Instagram at the end of July that she was pregnant with her second child with the prime minister Boris Johnson.

The Royal College of Midwives has said that expectant mothers are at greater risk of serious illness if they get Covid so being vaccinated really is the best way to keep you and your baby safe.

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