Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Thursday that the week-long containment measures will be “extended to their end” on April 3. Italy remains the European country hardest hit by the pandemic.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Thursday that the week-long containment measures will be “extended to their end” on April 3. Italy remains the European country hardest hit by the pandemic.

(.) – “The measures that we have taken, both the one that led to the closure of a large part of businesses and individual activities in the country, as well as that concerning the school, can only be extended to their term” said Giuseppe Conte in the daily Il Corriere della Sera on Thursday. “We have avoided the collapse of the system, the restrictive measures are working and it is obvious that when we reach a peak and the contagion will start to decrease, at least in percentage, in a few days, hopefully we will not be able to return immediately to life before, “added the head of government.

The pandemic killed 475 people in Italy between Tuesday and Wednesday, the worst record recorded in a single country in a day, according to the official report released Wednesday. Now, nearly 3,000 people have died in the country due to this disease, a toll very close to that of China (more than 3,200 dead) where the pandemic started.

Towards a ban on jogging?

Mr. Conte said he did not plan to tighten the arsenal of restrictive measures for the moment, but said he was ready “to act” if the restrictions were not respected. “We must use common sense and act with the utmost awareness, the criminal sanctions for violators are there and will be strictly applied,” continues Mr. Conte. “I agree with the mayors who have also closed public gardens and parks, one thing is to practice a sporting activity, another is to transform public places into meeting points, which is unacceptable”, concludes- he.

Several elected officials from the northern regions of Italy, where contagion is still progressing strongly, believe that if it does not slow down in the coming days, even more rigid measures will have to be planned, such as the ban on jogging. The governor of Veneto Luca Zaia (League, far right) estimated Tuesday that tracking the movements of individuals through their mobile phone “is an excellent solution” to enforce confinement even if he admits that it poses a problem of respect of privacy. For the past week, 60 million Italians have been confined to their homes and can only travel for professional or imperative reasons and any gathering is prohibited. Schools are closed.

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