Italian President Mattarella asks for ‘collective effort’ against COVID-19

Italian President Sergio Mattarella said that “a collective effort is needed” to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our society is paying an extremely high price for this situation, so we need to work together with businesses and society to enact a plan to help a sustainable recovery for the country”, said the president.

“The battle [against COVID-19 is not yet won. We still need to pay maximum attention”, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has warned, as the new measures are being discussed before they are to be enforced with a decree.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza also recalled that “we are experiencing an increase in the number of infections, that is affecting the whole country without distinction, as opposed to the first wave, which was highly localised”.

“The mandatory use of facemasks outside is being discussed in those situations where there is the possibility to get in contact with people outside of the family group,” he added.

(Alessandro Follis |

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