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World Italy Mulls Curfew, Virus Aid as Naples Protest Turns Violent

15:06  24 october  2020
15:06  24 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

As virus surges anew, Milan hospitals under pressure again

  As virus surges anew, Milan hospitals under pressure again MILAN (AP) — Coronavirus infections are surging anew in the northern Italian region where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, putting pressure again on hospitals and health care workers. At Milan’s San Paolo hospital, a ward dedicated to coronavirus patients and outfitted with breathing machines reopened this weekend, a sign that the city and the surrounding area is entering a new emergency phase of the pandemic. For the medical personnelAt Milan’s San Paolo hospital, a ward dedicated to coronavirus patients and outfitted with breathing machines reopened this weekend, a sign that the city and the surrounding area is entering a new emergency phase of the pandemic.

Protesters angered over new coronavirus restrictions clashed with police in the Italian city of Naples on Friday night. The protesters numbered several hundred, according to local media. They headed toward the Campania region's headquarters near the southern Italian city's Mediterranean waterfront.

Violence erupted as hundreds of activists, many wearing face coverings, took to the city's streets this evening to oppose tougher measures being imposed to tame the virus as new There were flames and smoke in Naples this evening as a mass protest took place against the city's new Covid curfew .

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a chair sitting in front of a building: Pedestrians walk past empty restaurant tables along a cobbled street in Rome, Italy, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Italy reported record new coronavirus infections on Wednesday as Rome and Milan, the country's political and financial capitals, prepare for a night-time curfew. © Bloomberg Pedestrians walk past empty restaurant tables along a cobbled street in Rome, Italy, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Italy reported record new coronavirus infections on Wednesday as Rome and Milan, the country's political and financial capitals, prepare for a night-time curfew.

The Italian government is expected to approve further virus containment measures as soon as Sunday and is mulling additional economic support even as the threat of tighter restrictions prompts protests.

New infections soared above 19,000 cases Friday, just a day after Naples -- Italy’s hardest-hit city -- imposed a night-time curfew in a bid to contain the spread that contributed to violent protests. While Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has repeatedly ruled out a new national lockdown, he is running out of options as less restrictive measures have failed to damp the latest spread. Patients in intensive care units surpassed more than 1,000 for the first time since the pandemic’s peak.

Last night out in France as 20 million as virus curfew imposed

  Last night out in France as 20 million as virus curfew imposed Millions of French people enjoyed a last night of freedom on Friday before a Covid-19 curfew in Paris and other large cities came into force at midnight, for a least a month, prompted by an alarming surge in new cases. The curfew aims to keep some 20 million people home from 9 pm to 6 am from Saturday -- 30 percent of the French population. It was ordered by President Emmanuel Macron this week as the number of new infections and deaths raised the spectre of hospital overloads like those seen in March and April.

Protesters in Naples opposed to stricter coronavirus measures clashed with police late into the night. Some threw smoke bombs and firecrackers in the centre of the southern Italian city; police responded with tear gas. The mainly young crowd defied a

VIOLENCE exploded in Naples , Italy , on Friday as thousands protested against new coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Jakub Wondreys posted a video of the disorder on Twitter with the caption: “Big anti-regional government COVID-19 restrictions protests are happening right now in Naples , Italy .

The government may may also adopt new support measures to limit the economic impact of the virus, Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri said. The government is mulling a 4 to 5 billion-euro ($4.7 to $5.9 billion) emergency decree to aid workers by extending furloughs and banning dismissals, according to people familiar with the matter.

On Friday, Campania President Vincenzo De Luca called for a new national lockdown and said he will soon impose one in his region, which has Naples as the capital. “We are one step away from a tragedy, don’t want to see coffins on the streets,” he said.

Within hours of De Luca’s announcement on Friday, protesters poured into the streets of Naples where some police vehicles were targeted by demonstrators and damaged by explosives. A television news reporter was also beaten.

Interior Vice Minister Matteo Mauri called the protesters “urban guerrillas” and said the demonstrations were “not spontaneous but organized by soccer hooligans, criminals and political extremists,” the Ansa news agency reported on Saturday.

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Italy protests turn violent as anger mounts over Covid-19 measures .
Protesters have clashed with police in northern Italy, as demonstrations erupted across the country Monday night over government restrictions aimed at quelling a second wave of Covid-19. © Mauro Ujetto/NurPhoto/Getty Images Demonstrators clash with Riot Police during the protest against the lockdown in Piazza Castello on October 26, 2020 in Turin, Italy. The protest is organized to protest against the blockade to restaurant and bars and curfew imposed in the Piedmont Region and by the Italian Government of the evening lockdown which will start from today at 6pm to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

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