There were 148,945 coronavirus tests carried out in the past day, the ministry said, against a previous 188,747.
While Italy’s daily death tolls have been the highest in Europe over recent days, the increase in hospital admissions and intensive care occupancy has slowed.
The number of people in hospital with COVID-19 stood at 34,697 on Monday, a rise of 418 from the day before.
The northern region of Lombardy, centred on Italy’s financial capital Milan, remained the hardest hit area on Monday, reporting 5,289 new cases.
Neighbouring Veneto, which has a much smaller population, chalked up the second highest number of new cases, at 2,540.
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