Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb

Italy unveils new COVID-19 restrictions as daily infections climb

Since Friday 16 October 2020, it has exceeded 10,000 new cases daily.

Under the new rules, Italian mayors will have the power to close public squares and other places after 9 p.m., allowing access only to residents and business owners.

The decision came following Italy's highest daily infection rate for the second day in a row.

Italy was the European nation hardest hit at the start of the pandemic. Its 36,500 deaths place it second to only the United Kingdom in Europe. "We must implement measures to avoid a new generalized containment which could seriously jeopardize the economy", justified Giuseppe Conte during a press briefing at Palazzo Chigi, the seat of government. Speranza told regional leaders during talks Saturday that remote working should account for up to 75% of the total, according to a government official. We must pay attention to situations where we let our guard down - with relatives and friends.

He described the situation as "critical" and said he could "make no predictions" about the Christmas holidays, adding: "It depends on us and our sense of responsibility".

As per the restrictions, restaurant and other food shops will be allowed to remain open until midnight but will be allowed to serve only seated customers after 6pm. France on Sunday saw 30,000 new cases. Amateur contact sports must also stop.

High schools and universities are also going to be encouraged to carry out more distance learning, he added.

From Monday, all bars and restaurants in Belgium will be closed for four weeks, and a curfew will be in force from 00:00-05:00. with the sale of alcohol banned afer 20:00.

Millions across Europe faced tighter restrictions on movement as London and Paris enforced new curbs and Switzerland made masks mandatory in many public venues. But the government is committed to restoring them.

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