This Friday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte took for granted an extension of the state of emergency until July 31 so that it could remain in force until the end of the year to ensure that possible measures against the coronavirus were adopted.
The Italian authorities were in a state of emergency in late January, shortly after the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered. During this period, Italy, the country with the most infections, has accumulated more than 242,000 people, while the death toll is around 35,000.
Conte confirmed this Friday that although “it is a collegial decision” by the Council of Ministers, he considers it appropriate to extend the extraordinary measures. “The eventual widening of the state of emergency means that we are able to take the necessary measures, even if they are minimal,” he told the media to the Adnkronos news agency.
If it were not extended, he warned, there may not be enough tools to “intervene” at a given time, “even if it is in certain areas.” “We are striving to expand the state of emergency,” said Conte.