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World Conte Bets Italy Can Slow Virus With Targeted Restrictions

01:10  19 october  2020
01:10  19 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte held off pressure to impose radical restrictions on Italy, betting his government can slow the spread of the coronavirus and protect the economy with more targeted measures.

The premier signed a new decree Sunday night -- only five days after a previous package -- urging mayors to close piazzas and streets at 9 p.m. to stop crowds gathering, and imposing a maximum of six people per table at restaurants which must close at midnight. Amateur and school competitions for contact sports are banned.

“We must act, deploying all the measures necessary to avert a new generalized lockdown,” Conte said in a televised news conference. “The country cannot afford a new setback which would severely jeopardize the whole economy.”

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Conte has been under pressure from coalition partners, regional leaders and medical advisers to take action after seeing the number of daily infections mount over recent weeks, albeit at a slower pace than in France and the U.K. Italy posted a record 11,705 new infections on Sunday, compared to 10,925 Saturday.

Economic Risk

The government’s priority is protecting as much as possible an economy that was crippled by a long and strict lockdown in the spring, according to a government official who declined to be named in line with policy. The administration also aims to keep schools open to help working for parents, the official said.

“The third quarter which has just ended signals a vigorous recovery for our country, better than France, Germany and Spain,” Conte said.

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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte signed a quarantine decree early Sunday for the country's prosperous north. Alitalia, the Italian airline that was already financially ailing before the virus , suspended all national and international flights from Milan’s Malpensa airport starting Monday.

Entering last weekend, Italy had imposed relatively minor restrictions on movement Then, early Sunday, Italy took its first drastic move against the virus , with Conte announcing a plan “The entire country can resist only if the virus can slow down. If it doesn’t, our health system could collapse.”

Government ministers including health chief Roberto Speranza had lobbied Conte for more home-based education for high schools, and tighter restrictions on nightlife with earlier closures for bars and restaurants, the official said.

The new rules include a ban on conferences and ordering bars to close at 6 p.m. if patrons are not served at table. Betting shops and games halls will have to close at 9 p.m.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Italy Tightens Measures to Counter Pandemic Resurgence © Bloomberg Italy Tightens Measures to Counter Pandemic Resurgence

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks pass near Duomo Cathedral square in Milan, Italy, on Oct. 8.

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Maintaining an obligation to wear protective masks both indoors and outdoors, except for isolated areas, the government urges an increase in remote working. Speranza told regional leaders during talks Saturday that remote working should account for up to 75% of the total, according to a government official.

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Italy Virus Cases Jump Even After Lockdown in North. Italy ’s government also plans to introduce measures to support the economy in virus -affected areas, Conte told reporters in Rome. Conte suggested residents may have to endure the restrictions for several weeks, though he didn’t specify

Italy and France reported progress in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, offering encouragement to leaders who plan to start easing nationwide lockdowns next month. France is working on a plan to gradually lift restrictions on non-essential travel and reopen the economy starting May 11.

The new rules stop short of closing schools, with Education Minister Lucia Azzolina arguing that pupils are more at risk of infection wandering around shopping centers than attending school. In the Naples area, the regional governor has ordered all schools closed until the end of the month to slow escalating infections.

‘Critical Situation’

Lombardy, home to the original outbreak of the virus in Italy, is facing a “critical situation” with more patients in intensive care units. Milan and its nearby municipalities are the heaviest-hit, and its hospital could face pressure from rising infections, said Walter Bergamaschi, health czar of the Northern city.

A cabinet meeting hosted by Conte approved a 2021 budget in the early hours of Sunday which seeks to shore up the economy, focusing on the health sector, supporting families extending a moratorium on loan and mortgage payments. The budget, which has to be approved by parliament by year-end, sets aside 4 billion euros ($4.7 billion) to support sectors hardest-hit by the pandemic.

The government said in its budget outlook that in a worst-case scenario gross domestic product could fall 10.5% this year and expand only 1.8% in 2021. The administration’s current forecast is for a 9% contraction this year and 6% growth in 2021. Rome is set to receive the largest share of a European Union package in grants and loans, as much as 209 billion euros.

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Italy Readies New Virus Measures With London, Paris Under Curbs .
Millions across Europe faced greater restrictions on their movement over the weekend, with Italy readying new measures and London and Paris enforcing tighter curbs, in an escalating effort to check the surge in coronavirus cases. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte may order bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m., ban some sporting activities and change the hours for high schools to prevent congestion, according to officials in his government, who asked not to be identified in line with their policy. He is set to announce his plans on Sunday.

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