Italy extending coronavirus lockdown: PM Conte

Adolfo Lettieri, owner of a family-run tapestry shop, creates homemade masks that are distributed free of charge to people who line up outside their small shop in the Tuscan city of Grosseto, Italy, March 17, 2020. (Reuters)

Italy will remain under lockdown beyond previous deadlines due to expire later this month and in early April, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday, in ongoing efforts to try beat Coronavirus in Europe's worst-affected country.

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In comments to the Corriere della Sera newspaper, Conte said measures taken to close schools, universities and to impose severe restrictions on movement would have to be prolonged.

Under current measures, Italy's 60 million people are only allowed to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies under an order that runs until April 3, while most shops, except those selling food and pharmacies, are supposed to remain closed until March 25.

Last Update: Thursday, 19 March 2020 KSA 12:07 - GMT 09:07