Italy registered 11,705 new cases of the new coronavirus this Sunday (18), the Ministry of Health reported, above the previous record of 10,925 recorded the previous day, while the government is preparing new measures to combat a second wave of the disease.
Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit hard by the covid-19 and has the second highest number of deaths in the region, after the United Kingdom, with 36,543 deaths since the outbreak began in February, according to official data.
The authorities managed to keep contagion under control in the country until the summer, thanks to a rigid two-month blockade across the country. But with the emergence of a second wave, they determined new measures, including the mandatory use of a mask in public and restrictions on public meetings and restaurants.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected to announce new measures today.