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Coronavirus - 11th October

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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 15:43

Summary for Sunday, 11th October

Here are the key recent global developments:

  • Russia suffered its worst day yet for new infections. Moscow reported 13,634 new cases in 24 hours; the worst such figure since the pandemic began.
  • In the UK, the row between Westminster and local leaders carried on. Mayors in Manchester and Liverpool accused government minsters of handing down decisions on local lockdowns as faits accomplis and refusing to properly consult. The prime minister is due to set out his new plan to the Commons on Monday.
  • Trump no longer ‘a transmission risk to others’, says White House doctor. White House physician Sean Conley said President Donald Trump took a Covid-19 test on Saturday that showed that he is no longer a “transmission risk to others”. Conley said in a statement that tests show there is no longer evidence “of actively replicating virus”. The White House had no immediate comment on whether Conley’s statement indicated that the president had tested negative for the virus.
  • India cases pass 7m. India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks. The health ministry reported another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours. India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country in the coming weeks, surpassing the US, where more than 7.7 million infections have been reported.
  • US president Donald Trump made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after a three-day hospital stay, an appearance seen as a first step toward a return to the election campaign trail next week .
  • The number of new infections in France jumped to over 26,000 in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • The UK recorded 15,166 new daily cases of coronavirus on Saturday; a rise on the 13,864 cases reported the day before , bringing the total official death toll to 42,760.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has reported 12 new cases and one death over the past 24 hours, while the 14 day rolling average has slightly dropped.
  • Brazil surpassed the grim milestone of 150,000 coronavirus deathson Saturday.
  • Iran made mask-wearing mandatory in public in Tehran on Saturday with violations punishable by fines, after the daily death toll from Covid-19 peaked at 239 this week.
  • Ireland reported 1,012 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily figure since April and up from an average of 523 over the previous seven days.
  • The number of people in New Yorkers hospitalised with the coronavirus continues to rise, state governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.


Russia suffers worst day for cases

Moscow has reported 13,634 new cases in the last 24 hours; the worst such figure since the pandemic began. That brings its nationwide tally to 1,298,718.
The country’s taskforce said 149 people had died overnight, pushing the death toll to 22,597. Russia, which has a total population of about 145 million people, has recorded the fourth highest number of infections in the world since the start of the pandemic.

UK at 'tipping point'
The UK is in a precarious position with rising case numbers, hospital admissions and deaths, according to a senior government adviser. The Universiity of Oxford’s Prof Peter Horby, who is also chairman of the government advisory group for new and emerging respiratory virus threats (Nervtag), said the risk of death for Covid-19 patients in hospitals was falling.
Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he said:
:Left Quotes: We are already seeing in some parts of the north that some hospitals are starting to see the pressure.
We have a doubling time of about eight to 15 days so it is not long before those ICU (intensive care unit) beds could be full and we could be in a really difficult situation. So I am afraid we are going to have to make some very difficult choices and act very quickly.
Asked if the country faced a second national lockdown, he said: “I think that’s a possibility and we have to do what we can to avoid that at all costs.”

Malaysia has reported 561 new cases – the bulk of them in Sabah state, which has already seen a large increase in infections over the past few weeks. The new cases raise Malaysia’s cumulative tally to 15,657 cases, according to the health ministry. There were two new deaths reported, raising the fatality toll to 157.

Turkey will start declaring the number of asymptomatic cases from 15 October, its health minister has said, following criticism that its disclosure of only symptomatic cases hid the extent of infections.
At the end of July, Turkey changed the wording of its daily report to show the number of “patients” instead of “cases” . And, on 30 September, the health minister Fahrettin Koca said the government was only sharing the number of positive cases with symptoms.
Medics and opposition parties criticised the practice, saying it was aimed at hiding the real scale of the pandemic and was meant to keep the economy moving. On Sunday, the daily newspaper Hurriyet quoted Koca as saying:
:Left Quotes: We will start (releasing all the numbers) on 15th. We will share the cross sectional screening results even though they show no symptoms. We will report these to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

New restrictions in parts of Spain as cases rise
The Spanish regions of Catalonia and Navarre will bring in new restrictions on working and public gatherings after worrying rises in cases, local authorities have said.
Josep Maria Argimon, the Catalan health secretary, asked companies to tell employees to work from home for the next 15 days. He told the RAC1 radio station:
:Left Quotes: Without establishing measures, we could reach the situation in Madrid in two or three weeks. But we will not reach the situation in Madrid, because we are going to take mandatory measures that will be announced this week.
Madrid, where a state of emergency was imposed on Friday to halt soaring infection rates, is one of Europe’s hotspots.
Catalonia reported 2,360 cases and 13 deaths in 24 hours, health authorities said on Sunday. In Navarre, which has a population of 650,000, the regional leader María Chivite announced new restrictions after 463 cases were reported on Sunday; the highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic.
From Tuesday, meetings will be limited to six people, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm and their capacity will be limited to 50%, while the capacity in children’s parks will be cut to 30%.

Iran sees worst one-day death toll

Iran has registered 251 deaths in 24 hours – its highest daily toll – the health ministry has said, as the total number of identified cases rose above 500,000 in the worst-hit country in the Middle East.
Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari told state TV that the latest toll took the total death toll to 28,544. There were 3,822 new cases, with the total number of identified cases to date reaching 500,075, she added.

Czech government to announce stricter measures
The Czech government will announce stricter measures within days to curb soaring infections and hospitalisations, but will seek to avoid the kind of blanket lockdown imposed in the spring, a deputy prime minister has said.
The nation of 10.7 million people has recorded Europe’s fastest rate of growth in new cases per capita in recent weeks after authorities eased most restrictions during the summer following a tough lockdown when the pandemic began in March.
“It won’t be entirely (like in spring),” Alena Schillerová said in a debate broadcast on Czech television, adding that the government was likely to announce the measures within two days. “We don’t want to switch off the economy. We want to have it (the measures) more targeted … We will limit contacts and gatherings of people,” she said.
Her comments came ahead of the government’s planned security council meeting on Monday to assess possible measures, the cabinet’s press department said.
So far in October, the Czech Republic has reported more than 43,000 cases, the same number as for the whole of September. The number of hospitalised patients jumped by 76% to 2,085 in the past week, raising fears that hospitals may soon be overwhelmed.
Some hospitals have started postponing planned procedures to make space for Covid-19 patients, while the Czech medical chamber warned last Sunday that the number of infected doctors, nurses and other medical staff was rising rapidly.

Almost 170 Lebanese villages to go into lockdown next week
Almost 170 Lebanese villages and towns will go into lockdown for the next week as it grapples with record numbers of coronavirus cases, the news agency AFP is reporting.
Authorities in the Middle Eastern country have also ordered bars and nightclubs nationwide closed until further notice.
An interior ministry statement said 169 villages and towns across the country would be locked down for one week from 6am (3am GMT) on Monday. About half of those localities had already been placed in lockdown under measures announced earlier this month, including the closure of all public and private institutions excluding bakeries and pharmacies.
Lebanon, a Mediterranean country reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades, has recorded 52,558 novel coronavirus cases, including 455 deaths.
Infections rose sharply in the aftermath of a catastrophic explosion at Beirut’s port on 4 August that killed more than 200 people, injured thousands, damaged several hospitals and overwhelmed the capital’s health services.

Ireland to test arriving passengers at airports as alternative to quarantine
Ireland plans to introduce testing at airports as part of a possible alternative to quarantine for some arriving passengers, although it is not clear when the capacity will be ready, its health minister Stephen Donnelly has said.
The airlines Ryanair and Aer Lingus have heavily criticised the government for imposing some of the strictest travel restrictions in Europe, with 14-day quarantines advised for almost all incoming travellers.
Under an EU system to be signed off next week, travellers from regions with extremely low levels of the virus will be placed in a “green” category and allowed to travel without restriction, but very few regions in Europe now qualify.
Other regions would be listed as “amber” or “red” with governments to impose restrictions.
Donnelly said the default position would be to require travellers from “red” and “amber” regions to restrict their movements. But plans are being worked on by the government for testing that could allow some passengers to avoid quarantine.
Testing at airports “will happen because it is required as part of the protocol”, Donnelly said in an interview with RTÉ radio, though he declined to specify a timeframe.
One option being considered would be to allow passengers from some destinations to avoid a quarantine if they produce negative tests taken three days before travelling. Others might be required to take a second, rapid test before departing.




A further 32 people who tested positive have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,471, NHS England has said.
The patients were aged between 54 and 100 years old. All but one patient, aged 65, had known underlying health conditions. Seven other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.




The UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson is holding a telephone conference with his cabinet members he prepares to bring in a new three-tier restrictions regime.
Johnson’s decision to brief ministers on a Sunday is a rare move and comes as some northern English leaders have expressed anger at what they see as a lack of consultation and a determination in Whitehall to push through restrictions in their areas without offering the support needed to deal with them.
The prime minister is set to detail the new system, with measures expected to force pubs and restaurants to shut across much of the north of England and see millions of people banned from mixing indoors and outdoors.
Reports suggest the top tier will see no household mixing allowed either, which could affect millions of people living in areas with high Covid-19 rates across England.
The empathy and community spirit created in the early days of the lockdown risks being destroyed by a backlash of declining trust in politicians and the government’s handling of the crisis, according to a Labour MP.
Jess Phillips has warned that the country would become more divided, saying:
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I’m afraid to say that the way that it has been handled, the fact that there is trust is an incredibly low bar with those who are in charge, whether it’s public health, whether it’s the economy, whatever it is.
Trust has been actually worsened and degraded throughout the process that I actually think, I’m afraid to say, that you could sweep away the good community element of the beginning of it.
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Phillips, who was speaking at an event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about transforming society in a post-Covid world, said she expected to see “very, very, very hard and divisive times”.
:Left Quotes: What worries me is that we’re about to see a downturn in the economy that is largely, partially unprecedented, but partially poor management and years of poor management that has meant that we haven’t ... we didn’t mind the gap.
And there is a growing gap that some people are going to fall into.
Instead of taking that on the chin and facing it down, like with the EU, like with the people in the boats, the government will allow it to become somebody else’s fault.
In places, like where I live, where we live in a local lockdown, very early on in places like Blackburn, in Oldham, it was very, very completely wrongly suggested that the virus was being largely spread by the Asian community.
Before too long when we go into further lockdowns in places like London and in places like Chelmsford, where they’re going to think Asian people in Oldham are the reason that their businesses going under and the government will allow them to think it.
We should all watch out for it now. This is the backlash that is coming. Spot it when it arrives and ignore it because it is not true.

French nurses 'tired and fed up'
A significant number of French nurses responding to a poll say they are tired and fed up, with 37% saying that the pandemic is making them want to change jobs. The poll published Sunday by the National Order of Nurses comes as infection rates soar across the nation.
Nearly 59,400 nurses responded to the poll on the impact of the health crisis on their working conditions, out of 350,000 in the Order of Nurses. The numbers painted a grim diagnosis of the profession and suggested that French medical facilities may not be keeping pace with the growing need, despite lessons that should have been learned from the height of the virus crisis last spring.
Of nurses in public establishments, 43% felt that “we are not better prepared collectively to respond to a new wave of infections,” according to the poll. The figure rises to 46% for nurses in the private domain. And about two-thirds of respondents say their working conditions have deteriorated since the start of the crisis.
Burnout looms, the poll suggests, with 57% of respondents saying they have been professionally exhausted since the start of pandemic, while nearly half saying there’s a strong risk that fatigue will impact the quality of care patients receive.
For 37% of the nurses responding, the crisis “makes them want to change jobs” and 43% “don’t know if they will still be nurses in five years”, according to the poll, which did not provide a margin of error.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 15:51

There were ugly scenes in Dublin this past Saturday as anti-lockdown demonstrators clashed with counter protestors in the centre of the city.

Two men, one in his 30s and another in his 40s, were arrested for public order offences as Gardaí struggled to contain violent exchanges involving individuals from both sides.

The original protest, which was organised by anti-mask and anti-lockdown groups and included demonstrators from the right-wing National Party, began outside Leinster House at 1pm.

Violent scuffles started to break out when the rally encounter a group of up to 100 counter-protestors who had gathered opposite the Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green.
 
According to the The Irish Times , the “highly coordinated” group, who were mostly dressed in black, marched on Leinster House chanting “Nazi scum, off our streets.” 
As they approached each other, anti-lockdown protestors could be heard shouting “Antifa” in reference to the anti-fascist action and left-wing political movement in the United States that comprises an array of autonomous groups.

 A reporter from The Irish Times witnessed the scenes firsthand as violence erupted between the two groups who began surging towards each other, with dozens seen throwing kicks and punches while fireworks and other projectiles were launched.

Tweet  Padraig O'Reilly Photographer:
:Left Quotes:  Shocking scenes from Dublin today.These people have nothing to offer Irish society.
If their hoods where removed we would see just a bunch of thugs.


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As many as 100 Garda personnel were on the scene in anticipation of a possible clash with mounted units. Garda dogs and the National Public Order Unit all deployed along with several plain clothed officers.

When the violent clashes erupted, Garda officers were quick to establish a dividing line between the two groups while steel barriers were erected to keep the two sides apart.

Despite the large number of officers deployed, gardai struggled to contain the protest, with demonstrators from both sides attempting to circumvent the barriers between the two sides in an attempt at reigniting the violent clashes.

In a statement, gardaí said: “Garda members were forced to intervene on a number of occasions during the course of the afternoon to keep opposing sides apart and maintain public safety before the groups eventually dispersed without any serious incident shortly after 3.30pm.”

Tweet  B. O'Firinne:
:Left Quotes: The Gardai are currently kettling a rabid anti-democracy mob of self-styled 'antifa' extremists in #Dublin.
Regrettably hundreds of people attending the peaceful anti-lockdown protest - including families - had to be turned away due to the 'antifa' threat of violence.

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Gardaí has confirmed that an investigation focused on the organisers of the two protests is now underway.

“Although the Public Health regulations do not prohibit protest marches or gatherings, they do provide an offence for a person to organise such events. An Garda Síochána is investigating all such protest marches,” gardaí said.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 16:23

UK reports an additional 12,872 infections

There have been a further 12,872 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data. This compares to 15,166 new cases registered on Saturday.
A total of 603,716 cases have been confirmed.
A further 65 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported on Sunday, bringing the total to 42,825. There were 81 on Saturday.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 18:29

Here are the key recent global developments:

  • Boris Johnson held a rare Sunday briefing with ministers as the row between Westminster and local leaders continued. Mayors in Manchester and Liverpool accused government minsters of handing down decisions on local lockdowns as faits accomplis and refusing to properly consult. The prime minister is due to set out his new plan to the Commons on Monday.
  • Iran registered 251 deaths in 24 hours – its highest daily toll. The health ministry said the total number of identified cases had risen above 500,000.
  • Russia suffered its worst day yet for new infections. Moscow reported 13,634 new cases in 24 hours; the worst such figure since the pandemic began.
  • Trump no longer a transmission risk to others, says White House doctor. White House physician Sean Conley said President Trump took a Covid-19 test on Saturday that showed that he is no longer a “transmission risk to others”. Conley said in a statement that tests show there is no longer evidence “of actively replicating virus”. The White House had no immediate comment on whether Conley’s statement indicated that the president had tested negative for the virus.
  • India cases pass 7m. India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks. The health ministry reported another 74,383 infections in the past 24 hours. India is expected to become the pandemic’s worst-hit country in the coming weeks, surpassing the US, where more than 7.7 million infections have been reported.
  • US president Donald Trump made his first public appearance since returning to the White House after a three-day hospital stay, an appearance seen as a first step toward a return to the election campaign trail next week .
  • The number of new infections in France jumped to over 26,000 in one day for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
  • The UK recorded 15,166 new daily cases of coronavirus on Saturday; a rise on the 13,864 cases reported the day before , bringing the total official death toll to 42,760.
  • The Australian state of Victoria has reported 12 new cases and one death over the past 24 hours, while the 14 day rolling average has slightly dropped.
  • Brazil passed the grim milestone of 150,000 coronavirus deaths on Saturday.
  • Iran made mask-wearing mandatory in public in Tehran on Saturday with violations punishable by fines, after the daily death toll from Covid-19 peaked at 239 this week.
  • Ireland reported 1,012 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily figure since April and up from an average of 523 over the previous seven days.
  • The number of people in New Yorkers hospitalised with the coronavirus continues to rise, state governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 18:41

Israel opens new coronavirus treatment centre
In an unprecedented development for the country in its fight against the pandemic, Israel has opened a new coronavirus treatment centre co-run by the army’s medical corps.
The state has one of the world’s highest daily infection rates per capita, and the number of patients who are seriously ill with Covid-19 is steadily increasing.
The facility is in the Ramabam hospital in the northern city of Haifa. The army’s intervention is will help to “to free up Rambam personnel (to go back) to regular floors”, a deputy manager at the hospital said, as regular services have been cut due to the pressure of dealing with Covid-19 patients.
There are currently around 60 patients in the unit, but could accommodate up to 800 if needed.
The pandemic marks the first time the unit has worked inside a civilian hospital, said Ariel Furer, head of the army’s Covid-19 department.
“We understand that the times are very difficult. The pandemic is here to stay,” he told AFP.

Three-tier Covid plan for England: what it means and how it may work
As England waits for Boris Johnson to announce a new system of restrictions on Monday, here’s Jamie Grierson with an explainer on what a three-tier plan may look like, based on recent leaks to the media.

The ‘traffic-light’ plan is meant to simplify the current system of locally varying restrictions.

Tier 1 could expect restrictions to mirror the current national measures in place, including the rule of six and guidance for public venues.

Tier 2 would likely see an end to household mixing, unless you have formed a support bubble under established guidelines.

Tier 3 could see a ban on social contact with another household in any setting. Hospitality venues could be completely closed.

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Police dispersed a party of up 100 students in Manchester on Saturday, as the city reckons with looming new restrictions due to surging infection rates.

Officers broke up the party at an address in Withington, an area in the south of the city popular with students.
The city, which has a very large student population, has among the highest rates of coronavirus infections in the UK.
Police issued seven fixed penalty notices (FPN) and a noise abatement order, PA media reports.
The FPNs were some of the more than 70 issued by GMP this weekend for breach of Covid-19 laws, the force said.
Fallowfield, another area of south Manchester popular with students, where up to 20 people attempted to flee from the rear of the property. Four FPNs were issued during this incident.




Nottingham’s weekly rate of new Covid-19 cases has climbed even higher and has now topped 800 cases per 100,000 people, the latest data shows.

The local authority continues to have the highest rate in England, with 2,763 new cases recorded in the seven days to 8 October – the equivalent of 830.0 cases per 100,000 people.
This is a huge jump from 314.5 per 100,000 in the seven days to 1 October.
Knowsley has the second highest rate, which has climbed from 485.9 to 669.5, with 1,010 new cases.
Liverpool is in third place, where the rate has increased from 504.4 to 598.5, with 2,981 new cases.
Newcastle upon Tyne has the fourth highest rate, increasing from 420.1 to 509.5, with 1,543 new cases.

Burnley is fifth, rising from 445.3 to 503.8, an increase of 448 new cases.

PA’s figures are calculated based on Public Health England data published on Sunday.




ITV’s political correspondent, Paul Brant, has tweeted that Liverpool City Region is heading for a tier 3 lockdown, adding that “there’s still a possibility that the above measures could evolve before tomorrow”. He says Downing Street have declined to comment.
Tweet  Paul Brand:
EXCL: Livepool City Region headed for TIER 3 lockdown. Measures expected to include: - pubs, gyms, casinos, bookies CLOSED - restaurants OPEN - could last 6 MONTHS, but with monthly reviews Understand local leaders have agreed this in principle but await PM's official sign-off.


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 7,694,865 coronavirus cases, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614.

The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.




Australian food banks report huge surge in demand during Covid pandemic
Demand for food relief has risen by 47% on average during Covid-19, Australian charities say, with the trend driven by growing numbers of international students and casual workers asking for help.
In a report to be released on Monday, Foodbank surveyed about 500 charities once a month between April and September, as well as 1,000 Australians aged 18 and older who had experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months.
Despite the doubling of the jobseeker payment and the introduction of the jobkeeper subsidy, Foodbank said casual workers and international students were among two “newly food insecure groups emerging as a result of the pandemic”.
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Post by Kitkat on Sun Oct 11 2020, 21:51

Here are the key recent developments:

  • The UK has reported an additional 12,872 infections and 65 deaths – down from 15,166 and 81, respectively, on Saturday. However, figures are usually lower on Sundays due to weekend reporting delays.
  • Israel has opened a new coronavirus treatment centre co-run by the army’s medical corps, as the country deals with one of the world’s highest daily infection rates per capita.
  • The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 7,694,865 coronavirus cases, an increase of 53,363 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 577 to 213,614.
  • Twitter has flagged a tweet by Donald Trump suggesting he has coronavirus immunity as misleading.
  • Greece announced 280 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, along with 13 deaths – the highest number of daily fatalities recorded in the country since the pandemic began.
  • Iran registered 251 deaths in 24 hours – its highest daily toll. The health ministry said the total number of identified cases had risen above 500,000.
  • Russia suffered its worst day yet for new infections. Moscow reported 13,634 new cases in 24 hours; the worst such figure since the pandemic began.
  • India’s confirmed coronavirus toll crossed 7 million on Sunday with a number of new cases dipping in recent weeks


England's hospitality bosses prepare legal challenge to Covid lockdowns
Business leaders are mounting a legal challenge to the government’s lockdown restrictions, which they say have decimated the hospitality industry.
The challenge to the legality of emergency legislation is due to be handed to Downing Street on Monday as swathes of the country prepared for stricter lockdown rules .
Boris Johnson has come under increasing pressure to act after Scotland announced fresh restrictions on the hospitality sector. Ministers are planning to outline a new three-tiered system of restrictions, with measures expected to force pubs and restaurants to shut across the north of England.
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Italy plans new restrictions

Italy is preparing new restrictions as daily infections surpassed 5,000 in recent days for the first time since March.
Deaths linked to the virus, however, are far lower than at the peak of the pandemic in spring.
Health minister Roberto Speranza said he had proposed a nationwide ban on private parties, while Rome would also target opening hours for bars and restaurants.
Speranza said Italy needed to add restrictions after having eased them for several weeks, as it aims to avoid a new national lockdown.
“Now we need a change of pace, and to intervene with measures, not comparable to those adopted in the past, which could allow us to put the contagion under control and avoid tougher measures later on,” he said in an interview with RAI state TV.
Earlier on Sunday, foreign minister Luigi Di Maio ruled out another national lockdown, saying the economy could not afford it.

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