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Italy strengthens anti-Covid 19 measures

Giuseppe Conte is forced to take new measures against Covid-19 (photo: Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Giuseppe Conte is forced to take new measures against Covid-19 (photo: Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers
ITALY. Giuseppe Conte announced on Sunday 18 October 2020 new restrictions in the fight against the spread of coronavirus. The President of the Italian Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) decrees the closure of restaurants by midnight at the latest and asks them to seat a maximum of six people at a table. Bars, ice-cream parlours and pastry shops must close at 6 p.m., unless they can offer table service to seated customers.

All fairs, events and local celebrations are prohibited, as well as amateur and school sports events. Authorised sporting events must be limited to a maximum occupancy rate of 15% and not exceed 1,000 outdoor and 200 indoor spectators.

At the same time, 75% of Italian civil servants are expected to adopt teleworking, which is also recommended for private sector companies.

"We cannot waste time. We must implement measures to avoid a new generalised containment which could seriously jeopardise the economy", says Giuseppe Conte.

Wearing a mask outside the home has been compulsory since 7 October 2020, under penalty of a fine of up to €1,000. The state of health emergency has been extended until 31 January 2021.

According to the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University, Italy has recorded 414,241 confirmed cases and 36,543 deaths since the start of the pandemic. Since Friday 16 October 2020, it has exceeded 10,000 new cases daily. Lombardy (Milan region), Campania (Naples region), Lazio (Rome region) and Piedmont (Turin region) are the most affected.

The new weekly map, published on Thursday 15 October 2020 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), nevertheless showed Italy as a fine exception in the strong spread of the epidemic in Southern Europe.

Eric Apim

Monday, October 19th 2020

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