COVID-19: Italy Extends Lockdown

 COVID-19: Italy Extends Lockdown

Italy has extended its lockdown until Easter, but there is some hope as the country reports a declining infection rate.

The number of new coronavirus infections reported on Monday, March 30, 2020, was 1,648 as opposed to 3,815 the previous day.

The death toll, however, rose again, with 812 deaths reported, compared with 756 the day before.

Italy believes the peak of its crisis will come in just over a week’s time, as it is the world’s hardest hit country in terms of number of deaths.

In total, 11,591 have died in the country, the government says.

On Monday, March 30, the national doctors’ association announced the deaths of 11 more doctors, taking the total up to 61.

The lockdown – which was due to end on Friday – will now continue until at least 12 April, which is Easter Sunday.

Italians have been living under these strict rules for three weeks, with most shops, bars and restaurants shut. They are not allowed to leave their homes unless it is deemed essential.

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