Italy tightens restrictions in fear of “new COVID wave”

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Rome: Italy PM Mario Draghi has warned of a “new wave” of the coronavirus outbreak following which Shops, restaurants and schools will be closed across most of Italy on Monday.

For three days over Easter, 3-5 April, there will be a total shutdown.

Residents will be required to stay home except for work, health or other essential reasons.

The extra restrictions would last until Easter, Draghi’s office said, and over the Easter weekend the whole country would be turned into the high-risk “red zone”.

The country has reported more than 100,000 Covid-related deaths, Europe’s second-highest tally after the UK.

Italy has had nearly 3.2 million confirmed infections since the outbreak began last year.

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