World Coronavirus: The state of health emergency could be extended in Italy
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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-ITALY-EMERGENCY: Coronavirus: The state of health emergency could be extended in Italy
ROME (Reuters) - Italy could extend the state of health emergency linked to the new coronavirus amid fears of a resurgence of the epidemic, said on Tuesday a government official.
Established since January 31, this state of emergency, which grants both the national and regional executive enhanced prerogatives, ends on October 15. It was extended at the end of July by the Senate despite criticism from the opposition.
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"I think the government will have to ask for a further extension," Deputy Health Minister Sandra Zampa told state broadcaster RAI.
According to her, it makes it possible to simplify administrative procedures while the number of new cases of contamination has continued to increase since last month, with an average of 1,694 daily infections reported over the past seven days.
Scientists believe the next three weeks will be crucial in analyzing the circulation of the virus and determining whether or not Italy will be spared a major "second wave".
Italy has been one of the countries in Europe hardest hit by the coronavirus, with 35,851 dead since the start of the epidemic.
(Giuseppe Fonte; French version Claude Chendjou, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)
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