Italy to impose anti-virus night curfew

Italy to impose anti-virus night curfew

Italy has registered 30,550 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday while 352 have died.

Various measures will apply to each zone, with local lockdowns reserved for red zones where people will be prohibited from entering or leaving, unless for reasons of work, health or taking children to school.

The government had originally said the new curbs would begin tomorrow, but later delayed them by a day to give businesses affected by the new clampdowns more time to prepare.

Measures already in place in parts of northern Portugal will be expanded from Wednesday to cover 7.1 million people, or 70 percent of the population.

The remaining regions have been classified as yellow zone and are only subject to national restrictions.

"We don't have alternatives", Conte said during a televised press conference tonight.

Italy, the first European country to be hit hard by the virus, has recorded more than 39,000 deaths since the outbreak emerged in late February, the second-highest toll in the continent after Britain. Almost 39,800 people have died from the virus in the country.

The new package is set to include a nationwide curfew at night kicking in at 21:00, Labour Undersecretary Francesca Puglisi told Sky TV on Monday.

But the quick spread of the virus, which has begun to overwhelm the health system in some areas, is forcing Conte's hand.

The government is expected to outline the various red, orange and green areas in the coming hours, however the Italian media is reporting that the red zones will likely be in Lombardia (Milan), Piemonte (Turin) and Calabria in the south. High school pupils will continue following their studies through distance learning, among other measures. The 20 Italian regions have been classified according to the level of risk.

There was reportedly disagreement during the talks between the governors, who wanted the measures to be uniform nationwide, and Conte, who is said to have wanted sealed-off "red zones" to be created on the basis of contagion rates.

The number of passengers on public transport will also be halved.

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