Italy has extended the nationwide lockdown till April 13 with the increasing death toll due to Coronavirus. Previously, the lockdown was due to end on April 3; now, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that the lockdown has been extended due to the ever-increasing figure of pandemic deaths.
The Prime Minister stated, “We have surpassed 13,000 deaths, and this is a wound that pains us especially — it is a wound that will never heal.”
The statement was made on Wednesday evening. In Fact, the country was under lock down from March 10 and the same was expected to end on April 3.
The PM further said that they are not in a situation to relax their restrictive measures yet, and therefore he has signed a new law that extends the existing measures to 13 April. On an optimistic note, he added that the country is starting to see the positive effects of the lockdown and soothing the lockdown now might mean that the sacrifices made by Italy and the Italians so far would go in vain.
Talking about the future, he described that the existing effort would allow them to evaluate prospects. “When the (scientific) data consolidate… we will begin to program a gradual loosening of the restrictions,” he described.
As per the PM, once the lockdown period closes, there will be phase two and phase three. In Phase Two “we coexist with the virus” and individuals can implement measures to loosen the restrictions. It will be supported by phase three when the emergency will be over, and individuals will resume their social and work lives.
“Phase Three is the phase of restoration and the relaunch of our social and economic lives,” he further described.
As of now, Italy accounts for the greatest number of COVID-19 deaths at 13,915, which is growing day by day while encouraging cases in Italy stand at 115,242 as of now.