The number of cases in the region, which includes Italy's financial capital Milan, increased by some 2,543 to roughly 34,890, the source said.
According to the statement, 5210 new cases of corona infection have been registered in Italy on Wednesday, taking the total number of infected patients to 74,386.
In terms of geographical spreading of the contagion, northern regions remained the most affected.More news: India cuts repo rates to 4.4% to ease coronavirus impact
Replying to criticism that much more action could be taken immediately, Borelli supported that "it seems to me that we immediately understood that this epidemic was a serious matter", adding that "as the Civil Protection protocols say, the intervention must always be proportionate to the risk".
The overall number of people to have been infected in Italy, including the deceased and people who have recovered, is 74,386.
A wide response in terms of solidarity was also arriving from citizens, who donated over 44 million euros ($47.8 million) to a special bank account opened by the Civil Protection Department, and devoted specifically to the emergency. Officials said 712 people died of the illness in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,215, well over double that seen in anywhere else in the world, while new infections rose by 6,153 to 80,539, Reuters reports.More news: Prince George and royal siblings clap to thank workers fighting coronavirus
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the Senate on Thursday morning amid surging criticism over the government's measures to contain the spread of virus.
That compared with 4,474 deaths and 32,346 cases reported up to Wednesday.More news: Virgin Australia halts Tigerair ops; cuts 90% domestic capacity