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Italy set to extend coronavirus lockdown measures into May

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 31, 2020
Italy is considering an extension of containment measures into May even as the coronavirus outbreak shows signs of slowing.
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Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte may extend restrictions through Easter and gradually open the country from 4 May, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.

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The lockdown, which is now in its fourth week, is currently in place until the end of the week. However health minister Roberto Speranza confirmed yesterday that the government will extend current containment measures until at least Easter.

Italy’s death toll climbed by 812 to 11,591, reversing two days of declines in the daily rate. The country has now registered more deaths than anywhere else in the world including China where the outbreak again.

However, the number of new cases rose by 4,050, the lowest amount since 17 March.

Another alternative under discussion is containment measures to be relaxed on 18 April, with other restrictions remaining in place until 4 May, La Stampa said.