New coronavirus restrictions considered for Italy by government

Italy is considering tightening nationwide restrictions in response to a spike in coronavirus cases, the head of the north-western region of Liguria said on Saturday.

Giovanni Toti said Italian health minister Roberto Speranza met local authorities on Saturday to discuss possible new steps.

“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.

But he said officials, for the moment, were not going to introduce a nightly curfew or further restrictions to bars and restaurants.

New measures could be approved by the government by Monday, according to Italian media outlets.

Italy, the first major European country to be hit by coronavirus, had managed to get the contagion under control by the summer thanks to a two-month rigid lockdown on business and movements. But infections have soared in recent weeks.

Italy posted 10,010 new infections on Friday, according to the health ministry, the highest daily tally since the start of the country’s outbreak.

Empty seats are seen near basketball court following the decision to ban amateur contact sports as part of the new restrictions adopted by Italy aimed at curbing a surge in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, in Rome.

The country has the second-highest death toll in Europe after Britain, with over 36,000 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.

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