Italy’s Council of Ministers toughens anti-COVID measures with new decree after 15 January

Italy’s Council of Ministers toughens anti-COVID measures with new decree after 15 January
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Italy has adopted a new decree with additional measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 that will enter into force after 15 January, the government said Thursday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The meeting of the council of ministers took place late on Wednesday.

"The council of ministers, under the proposal of the President of the Council Giuseppe Conte and Health Minister Roberto Speranza, has approved a decree law that introduces new urgent measures for the containment of COVID-19", the press release issued by the government said.

The new directive extends the country-wide state of emergency imposed earlier until 30 April while reaffirming the ban on any inter-regional movement until 15 February.

The decree also keeps in effect from 16 January until 5 March the slew of restrictions that have already been in place during the festive period in Italy. These include a curfew from 10 p.m. (21:00 GMT) until 5 a.m. and a ban on any movements between the municipalities (communes) in red and orange zones. In places designated as yellow zones, moving between the communes is allowed within the same region.

The “colour” of each region is determined by local authorities based on the number of reported infections.

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