Italy registered 669 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, two-thirds of them in the northern region of Lombardy, which has been the worst affected since the pandemic began.

Figures for the most recent 24-hour period since Friday night include 119 recorded deaths. With them, Italy officially added 32,735 deaths from COVID-19.

According to data from the Ministry of Health, the most recent cases brought the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the nation to 229,327. All regions of Italy, with the exception of Lombardy, recorded no more than a few dozen new cases on Saturday, and many regions reported single-digit numbers of new infections.

Eager to revive tourism, the government has said people will be allowed to resume cross-region travel starting June 3, but travel restrictions could be reinstated if there is an increase in infections.

Italy eased many restrictions, such as staying at home, on May 18. It also allowed the celebration of public masses and the reopening of restaurants and cafeterias for seated customers.