A homeless person pulling a trolley walks along The Vatican's colonnades on April 1, 2020 at the limit between Italy and The Vatican, with St. Peter's basilica in background, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus.
AFP/Filippo Monteforte
Italy extends lockdown as toll passes 13,000
(Agence France-Presse) - April 2, 2020 - 8:41am

ROME, Italy — Italy on Wednesday extended its economically-crippling lockdown until April 13 to help stem coronavirus infections that have claimed 13,115 lives.

"If we start loosening our measures now, all our efforts will have been in vain," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told the nation in a national televised address.

The extension had been expected. Italy's health minister said on Monday that businesses across the nation of 60 million would remained shuttered and public gatherings banned until at least April 12.

Italy's official infection rate has been steadily slowing but the number of daily deaths has remained stubbornly high.

The country reported another 727 fatalities on Wednesday.

It has registered 2,376 deaths in the last three days alone.

Officials are now debating how they can resume at least some business activity without spreading the new disease.

Italy's Confindustria big business union estimates that each week under lockdown slices about 0.75 percent off the country's annual gross domestic product -- now the third-largest in the European Union.

Some media reports suggest that Conte will eventually leave that decision to regional leaders.

Local officials might then decide which factories or businesses in their regions can function safely if all the various social distancing rules are applied.

The authorities are also awaiting the delivery of kits that could allow comprehensive testing so that some people can resume work.

But Conte gave no indication of when or how the current lockdown measures -- in place fully since March 12 -- might be eased.

"When the experts tell us that the numbers are looking better, we will start thinking about lifting all the measures," Conte said.

"But I cannot tell you if that will be on April 14."

Current restrictions had been due to expire on Friday.

ITALY NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: May 25, 2020 - 9:30am

Follow this page for updates on a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has struck dozens of people in China.

May 25, 2020 - 9:30am

The US coronavirus death toll has risen by 638 over the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker reported Sunday night.

After that relatively small increase, the US toll now stands at 97,686 lives as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday), according to the Baltimore-based university, and US cases of infection now number 1,641,585. — AFP

May 25, 2020 - 9:20am

The US coronavirus death toll has risen by 638 over the past 24 hours, the Johns Hopkins University tracker reported Sunday night.

After that relatively small increase, the US toll now stands at 97,686 lives as of 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday), according to the Baltimore-based university, and US cases of infection now number 1,641,585. — AFP

May 24, 2020 - 4:30pm

The Department of Health records 258 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of people to have tested positive for the disease to 14,035.

The DOH also reports 72 new recoveries and five new deaths.

May 24, 2020 - 4:02pm

China 'open' to international effort to identify virus source, foreign minister says — AFP

May 24, 2020 - 9:12am

The United States records a further 1,127 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing its total to 97,048 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The country has also officially logged 1,621,658 cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the tracker kept by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday). — AFP

Philstar
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Recommended
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

FORGOT PASSWORD?
SIGN IN
or sign in with