“We cannot waste time. We must take measures to avoid a general quarantine that could seriously endanger the economy,” said Italian Prime Minister Conte.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that they should not waste time in the face of the new wave of the new type of corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic, and that they accepted some measures to avoid entering a general quarantine.
Prime Minister Conte held a press conference in Chigi, the prime minister’s palace, in Italy, where the new case curve has risen rapidly in the recent days in the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stating that the new measures are to combat the new wave of the epidemic that seriously affected Europe and Italy, Conte said, “We cannot waste time. We must take measures to avoid a general quarantine that could seriously endanger the economy.”
Conte said that establishments such as restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream shops can be open between 05.00 and 00.00 throughout the country, but a maximum of 6 people can sit at the tables and the service to the houses will continue.
Pointing out that local governments can take steps to prevent crowds from forming, Conte said, “Mayors will be able to order the streets and squares, which are meeting places, to be closed to the public after 21:00.”
Conte stated that events such as local fairs and bazaars are banned, only national and international fairs will be allowed.
The Prime Minister noted that all kinds of sports activities involving physical contact at an amateur level are prohibited, and that the pools and gyms have given one week to comply with the pre-determined rules.
Conte said that face-to-face education will continue in primary schools, while more flexible hours and distance education models will be implemented in high schools, technical high schools and universities.
Stating that their strategies for this new wave of the epidemic will not be like in the spring months, Prime Minister Conte pointed out that they have increased their facilities and capabilities in the health sector, doubled their intensive care units, and reached the capacity to produce 20 million masks per day.
He stated that they have invested 4 billion euros in the health sector since the beginning of the epidemic, and that another 9-10 billion euros will be transferred from the European Union rescue fund.
Prime Minister Conte stated that the rise in the epidemic curve is of an alarming extent, and that the smart and remote working system will be significantly encouraged in the public.
Emphasizing that the most effective measures are the measures to be taken by the citizens, Giuseppe Conte stated that it is vital to use masks, to comply with social distance and hygiene rules.
In the meantime, it was noteworthy that the restrictive application such as the curfew in the evening, which has been in the press since the beginning of the week, is not among the measures announced today.
While 11 thousand 705 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours in Italy, today’s number of cases was the highest number of cases recorded in a day across the country since February 21, when the epidemic started.