UK to test new COVID-19 tracing system

Italy reports lowest daily death toll since start of lockdown

The UK will trial a new coronavirus tracing programme next week on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, cabinet minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.

"This week we will be piloting new test, track and trace procedures on the Isle of Wight with a view to having that in place more widely later this month," he told a news conference.

Gove announced that 315 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, the lowest number since March 29.

The UK death toll currently stands at 28,446, only 438 behind Italy which is thought to have hit the peak around two weeks before Britain.

Meanwhile, deaths from COVID-19 in Italy climbed by 174 on Sunday, against 474 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, posting the smallest daily toll of fatalities since March 10 as the daily number of new confirmed cases also declined sharply to 1,389 from 1,900 on Saturday.

Italy's total death toll since the outbreak came to light on February 21 now stands at 28,884, the Civil Protection Agency said, the second highest in the world after the United States.

The number of confirmed cases amounts to 210,717, the third highest global tally behind the US and Spain.

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