Rome, Nov 21, Nov. 21 -- Italy's northern Alto Adige province has launched a mass coronavirus screening programme, officials said.

The Alto Adige province is a part of Italy's Trentino Alto Adige region, which shares a northern border with Germany and Austria.

The region has a population of just over one million, according to January 1, 2019 data from the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).

The Alto Adige province has a population of over 530,000, and the plan is to screen 350,000 people by Sunday, local authorities said.

The province reported 11,511 positive Covid-19 cases on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.

This compares to 3,004 new infections confirmed on Friday in the other half of the region, which has a popul...