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Italy postpones state of emergency until end of April: We have worsening situation with Covid

Italy postpones state of emergency until end of April: We have worsening

The Italian government will extend the state of emergency until April 30. The news was announced by the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza. At the press conference, the minister said that the situation with the virus has worsened this week: "This week there has been a general deterioration of the epidemiological situation in Italy. The epidemic is again in a phase of expansion."

The minister called for a joint effort to fight the virus and that Italy is in the last mile of this battle with the virus: But the coming months will be difficult , he added.

He also announced the new measures included in the last decree of the declaration of emergency, which will enter into force on January 16. The Minister stated that the government intends to confirm the ban on movement between the regions and to stop the service in the premises after 18.00, as well as the reopening of the museums in the yellow areas. He said the government will add a fourth category to the current system with three levels of restrictions, by creating a low-risk "white zone" where all businesses can be opened, including gyms and swimming pools.

But what does a state of emergency mean?

The state of emergency gives special powers to national and regional authorities in dealing swiftly with the consequences of the covid-19 crisis, cutting bureaucracy to enforce rules and legal changes, modifications or revocations to emergency measures if required. Italy's state of emergency was declared on January 31, 2020. It was expected to end on January 31, 2021, but the government will extend the measure until April 30, 2021.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Italy has recorded 79,819 deaths from Covid, the second highest number in Europe in terms of casualties and ranked sixth in the world.

* The Republic / Tiranapost.al.