Italy to lockdown again as coronavirus cases escalate

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The Italian government is set to impose another national lockdown over the Easter weekend amid growing numbers of cases of the Chinese coronavirus.

Premier Mario Draghi said Friday Italy has taken strong decisions on drug companies that are late with their deliveries and would continue to do so to defend Italians' health. In red zones, non-essential shops are closed, restaurants and bars can not serve customers and pupils must have lessons via distance learning, among other things. I am aware that today's measures will have consequences for the education of children, for the economy and also for the psychological state of all of us.

Under the new rules, regions with more than 250 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants are automatically be designated as high-risk "red zones".

In regions demarcated as "red zones" people will be unable to leave their houses except for work or health reasons, with all non-essential shops closed.

Lockdown measures would also include restrictions on people travelling from small towns in "yellow" tier regions, as well as restaurants and bars being forced to close, according to a draft of the decree seen by Reuters.

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Italy has approved a fresh round of tight anti-Covid restrictions nationwide, which will be implemented between March 15-April 6, including Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Vaccination shots are expected to begin in April.

As for this, he said that for the first time a lockdown was announced across the country due to the outbreak of the covid-19 epidemic a year ago in Italy.

About 170,000 vaccines are now being administered each day in the country.

Italy is facing another lockdown, as the government attempts to contain a recent surge of coronavirus cases, marred by the presence of new variants.

Italy is now vaccinating some 170,000 people per day, the prime minister said, adding: "The goal is to triple that quickly".

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