Italy has record new cases of covid-19; government prepares new measures – 10/18/2020

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MILAN (Reuters) – Italy registered 11,705 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the Ministry of Health reported, above the previous record of 10,925 set the day before, as the government prepares 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 until the summer there, thanks to a rigid two-month blockade across the country. But with the appearance 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 later this Sunday.

(By Elvira Pollina)

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