ROME – State of emergency extension

Italy’s state of emergency could be extended until 31 January 2021, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed, adding that he “will ask parliament for the extension.”

Health Minister Roberto Speranza added that “everyone will have to resist the best they can for the next seven to eight months. We will see the light in the first months of 2021”.

Meanwhile, Italy registered 2,548 new COVID-19 cases – the highest number in the past five months – and 24 new deaths within the past 24 hours on Thursday (1 October). The worsening situation prompted the region of Lazio to consider introducing the mandatory use of facemasks including outdoors, and especially in cases where social distancing is impossible to achieve.

(Alessandro Follis |

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