By Darragh Roche *
Italy has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe once again, surpassing the United Kingdom in deaths for the virus on Saturday as conditions have deteriorated in the country.
Italy recorded 19,903 new cases and 649 new deaths on December 12, bringing total deaths from the virus in the country to 64,036, according to Worldometer. This is marginally more than total deaths in the U.K., which stood at 64,026 on Saturday.
The figures will be seen as a setback for the country, which was the first Western nation to grapple with the pandemic and suffered a substantial number of cases and deaths in the spring.
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There were 761 deaths from the virus on Friday, bringing the previous total to 63,387. U.K. deaths stood at 63,603 on Friday, according to the Associated Press.