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Italy implements new COVID-19 restrictions

Italy implements new COVID-19 restrictions”

In a live tv address to the nation last night, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with a mask on, declared the introduction of a package of measures that tighten restrictions amid the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country. Local conferences and festivals are suspended under the new restrictions and amateur contact sports have been suspended.

Lombardy, home to the original outbreak of the virus in Italy, is facing a "critical situation" with more patients in intensive care units.

"We are working on some measures", Toti said on Facebook, adding that the government would urge schools to alternate between online and in-person lessons, and tell companies to increase remote working.

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

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Italy was the European nation hardest hit at the start of the pandemic.

Transport Minister Paola De Micheli said on Sunday the government was not considering a France-style curfew but said schools and companies would be asked to adopt a staggered timetable to avoid congestion on public transport. Restaurants and bars are restricted to table service only after 6 p.m., three hours earlier than the previous measures allowed, but can maintain the current midnight closing time.

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