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Italy's COVID-19 death toll passes 50,000, with 630 new fatalities

23 Nov 2020

ROME Italy reported 630 COVID 19-related deaths on Monday, rising from 562 the day before and taking the official toll since its outbreak began in February to 50,453, according to health ministry data.

Italy cabinet approves 2021 budget, set to hike deficit goal: sources

16 Nov 2020

ROME The Italian cabinet on Monday approved a 2021 budget targeting a fiscal deficit of 7% of national output, compared with 10.8% this year, but two government sources said next year's goal will soon be hiked to allow for more economic stimulus.

Italy's national unity splinters in face of COVID-19 second wave

09 Nov 2020

MILAN/ROME Italy won plaudits for its discipline and unity in fighting the Western world's first coronavirus outbreak in the spring, but that sense of common purpose is unravelling in the face of the second wave.

Italy locks down financial capital Milan and much of industrial north

04 Nov 2020

ROME Italy's latest restrictions to try to rein in the coronavirus include a partial lockdown of its richest and most populous region Lombardy around the financial capital Milan, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 2-Italy to tighten COVID curbs, but holds back from lockdown

02 Nov 2020

ROME, Nov 2 Italy will tighten COVID restrictions but is holding back from re-introducing a nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Monday, seeking to respond to a surge infections, hospital admissions and deaths.

Italy approves stimulus package after COVID-19 cases hit new record

27 Oct 2020

ROME Italy approved a package of measures on Tuesday to support businesses hit by new restrictions aimed at reining in the coronavirus, hours after daily infections hit a new record high and COVID-19-related deaths jumped.

UPDATE 2-S&P gives respite to Italy with surprise upgrade to rating outlook

23 Oct 2020

Oct 23 Standard and Poor's on Friday revised Italy's sovereign outlook to stable from negative, offering some unexpected good news for the euro zone's third largest economy, and affirmed its long- and short-term credit rating at "BBB/A-2".

Italy's daily coronavirus cases soar to new daily record above 15,000

21 Oct 2020

ROME Italy has registered 15,199 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday, the highest daily tally since the start of the country's outbreak and up from a previous record of 11,705 posted on Sunday.

Italy to spend 10 bln euros on furlough schemes, tax breaks for south - sources

15 Oct 2020

ROME, Oct 15 Italy will spend 10 billion euros in its 2021 budget to extend temporary lay-off schemes for companies and offer tax breaks to firms to support employment in the poor south of the country, government sources told Reuters.

Italy coronavirus cases surge to new daily record above 7,000

14 Oct 2020

ROME Italy has registered 7,332 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday, the country's highest ever daily tally and steeply up from 5,901 on Tuesday.

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