Italy imposes national 9pm curfew

“Infections are rising all over the world. Italy is experiencing a worsening of the situation”, said the prime minister. [Shutterstock/Viacheslav Lopatin]

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outlined before parliament on Monday the latest planned COVID-19 restrictions to be included in the new decree by Wednesday at the latest, including a nationwide 9pm curfew.

“Infections are rising all over the world. Italy is experiencing a worsening of the situation”, said the prime minister.

“The strategy to handle the emergency needs to be tailored to the situation of the specific regions. In the next decree, the country will be divided in three areas with increasingly restrictive measures according to the infection situation”, he added.

There is a serious possibility that most regions will reach critical levels for their intensive care units in the coming month. The next decree will include a nationwide curfew as Conte confirmed “we will introduce a limitation of mobility in the late hours of the day.”

Shopping centres will be closed at weekends, except for essential shops such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Public transport will run at 50% capacity. (Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)

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