ItalyIts health minister described the new information on the coronavirus epidemic as “frightening” and said the country had two days to approve further restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
On Saturday, Italy recorded about 32,000 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily record since the crisis began. It confirmed only 300 deaths, bringing the total to 38,618.
“We have 48 hours to try to get stricter (regulation) approval,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza was quoted as saying in the Daily Carrier della Sera.
He said another lockdown, although not extended beyond what was introduced in March, seemed to be the only option.
“The epidemiological curve is still very long. The thing that worries me the most is the absolute information, which shows a horrible curve, ”Spiranja said.
Last week, Italy imposed a ban on business activities, ordered the closure of bars and restaurants in the evening and closed gyms, cinemas and theaters in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Many cities and regions, including Lombardy, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak, also imposed local curfews.
Although Prime Minister Conti has repeatedly said he wants to avoid new national lockdowns to prevent further economic losses, localization measures have not been enough to bring transmission rates under control.
The Prime Minister is meeting with representatives of the regional government and opposition parties today to discuss further measures. Restrictions on travel between regions, local lockdowns in high-performance areas and increased use of distance learning are expected before Monday.
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