Italy PM warns virus puts European Union project at stake

Italy PM warns virus puts European Union project at stake

During the BBC interview Conte published Italy may get started steadily lifting some restrictions in position to include the brand new coronavirus equipped the unfold of the illness continues to gradual.

"We need an economic and social response at the European level", Conte told the BBC. "If scientists confirm it, we might begin to relax some measures already by the end of this month", said Conte, whose approval rating has surged from 46 percent to 71 percent according to a recent poll by Demos.

After a month of stringent lockdown measures, data over the last few days suggests the spread of COVID-19 is starting to slow. But Giuseppe Conte advised Italy not to reduced its guard as well as claimed that the nationwide lockdown, troubled 9 March, might just be alleviated slowly.

"Going back, I would do the same", he said. We have a completely different system to China. In the past day, it has carried out more than 50,000 tests.

"The mere insinuation offends me deeply", he claimed. "This is an insult to the Italian government ... as well as to Vladimir Putin, who would never have dreamed of using it as a lever".

"I feel the pain of the gaping wound that this nation is experiencing... But behind the numbers are names and surnames, life stories, stories of broken families and this causes me deep sadness".

When asked if the help of the Russian coronavirus in the form of labor and medical equipment by the Kremlin was a ruse to use Italian support to lift European Union sanctions against Russia, Conte did not put up with words.

Earlier, all-night video conference talks between the 19 finance ministers of the eurozone on a coronavirus economic rescue plan worth around €540bn (£476bn) failed to strike a deal amid differences over conditions that should be attached to credit issued by the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, reported France24.

Asked whether Russia's help to Italy had actually problems affixed, potentially consisting of the Italian federal government sustaining training European Union assents on Moscow, Mr Conte hit back.

Scholz had said on Wednesday that finance ministers had nearly reached agreement "but not quite" and he hoped a deal would be struck before Easter. In southerly Italy, there have actually been separated situations of grocery stores being plundered.

Italy imposed the national lockdown on March Nine following outbreaks within the north of the rustic.

At the time of writing, 139,422 cases had been confirmed in Italy, and the death toll in the country was 17,669.

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