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Lombardy remains a Covid-19 hot spot with Italy set to open regional borders

Nearly 40% of the country’s cases have occurred in the northern region.

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Fresh graves in the monumental cemetery of Bergamo (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse/AP)

Fresh graves in the monumental cemetery of Bergamo (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse/AP)

Fresh graves in the monumental cemetery of Bergamo (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse/AP)

As Italy decides whether to open regional borders as planned next week, hard-hit Lombardy remains an outlier.

The civil protection agency reported 345 confirmed new infections in the region on Friday.

That brought Lombardy’s total cases to 88,500, nearly 40% of Italy’s total.

Nearly half of Italy population of known positives are in Lombardy, and 80% of those in isolation at home, not requiring hospital care.

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People walk at the Naviglio grande canal district in Milan, Italy (Luca Bruno/AP)

People walk at the Naviglio grande canal district in Milan, Italy (Luca Bruno/AP)

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People walk at the Naviglio grande canal district in Milan, Italy (Luca Bruno/AP)

The Italian government had announced internal borders would open on June 3, but the stubborn infection rate in Lombardy has put that in question.

Officials are considering whether to delay the regional border opening by a week, a decision that is meant also to help Italy’s moribund tourist industry.

Italy’s total cases of confirmed Covid-19 rose by 516 to 232,248 on Friday, and deaths increased by 87 to 33,229.

Only five other regions showed double-digit increases.

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