Italy has recorded more than 200,000 new daily Covid-19 cases for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to official data.
The country's health ministry reported at least 219,441 new daily Covid-19 cases on Thursday. There were 198 Covid-19 related deaths reported, bringing the overall deaths to at least 138,474.
The Italian government made Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for anyone over 50 years old on Wednesday.
Unvaccinated workers who are 50 years old or older risk being fined between 600 and 1,500 euros under Italy's new coronavirus decree, a government source told CNN Thursday.