March 19, 2020 / 8:37 AM / 18 days ago

Italy set to prolong anti-coronavirus lockdown-PM Conte to paper

MILAN, March 19 (Reuters) - Italy will remain under lockdown beyond previous deadlines due to expire later this month and in early April, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday, in ongoing efforts to try beat Coronavirus in Europe’s worst-affected country.

In comments to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Conte said measures taken to close schools, universities and to impose severe restrictions on movement would have to be prolonged.

Under current measures, Italy’s 60 million people are only allowed to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies under an order that runs until April 3, while most shops, except those selling food and pharmacies, are supposed to remain closed until March 25. (Reporting by Agnieszka Flak; editing by James Mackenzie)

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