Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte advocated extending the Coronavirus state of emergency until October 15, adding that “the pandemic has waned after its closure but has not ended” 247,000 cases and more than 35,000 deaths.
“The virus continues to circulate,” said Conte, before adding that the extension of the state of emergency “is necessary to ensure the operational continuity of those who participate in aid and support activities,” according to the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica ‘.
He also defended that this measure was “necessary for those who are directly and indirectly affected by a pandemic that is greatly reduced but not exhausted,” while the opposition asked for support for this expansion.
However, Conte was open to the possibility of further suggestions regarding the date on which the state of emergency should end, which currently ends on July 31.
The Italian Ministry of Health confirmed 212 new cases and 11 coronavirus deaths on the last day on Tuesday, for a total of 246,488 and 35,123, respectively. In addition, 198,756 people have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coornavirus.