World News – UA – Italy to announce new COVID-19 restrictions as infections rise: Prime Minister’s Office

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MILAN (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will announce another set of measures to counter the new wave of COVID-19 cases on Sunday, his office said, after the country set a new record daily infections Saturday

Conte’s office said the government was discussing new restrictions with local and health authorities, aimed at stemming the contagion while limiting the impact on individuals and businesses

Italy was the first major European country to be affected by COVID-19 and had managed to bring the epidemic under control by the summer thanks to a rigid two-month blockade of businesses and population movements But infections have skyrocketed in recent weeks

The country recorded 10,925 new infections on Saturday, according to the health ministry, its highest daily tally to date, up from the previous record of 10,010 cases released on Friday

Government ministers have ruled out a repeat of the lockdown imposed at the start of the crisis, but officials have considered a range of alternative measures to reduce social contact

The head of the northwestern Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, said on Facebook that the government would urge schools to alternate between online and in-person lessons and ask companies to increase distance work

The government has already tightened restrictions twice in 10 days, making masks compulsory outside the home and placing limits on public gatherings, restaurants, sports and some school activities

According to Italian newspapers, the new restrictions could also target non-essential activities such as gyms, swimming pools and amateur sporting events

Italy has the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain, with 36,474 deaths since the outbreak of the epidemic in February, official figures show

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SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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