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Posted by: Daniela Socolovschi

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20 Oct. 2020 / 21:24

Italy's Lombardy, Campania prepare virus curfews as cases jump

Italy's northern Lombardy region prepared Tuesday to impose a night-time curfew for three weeks, the most restrictive anti-coronavirus measure the country has seen since it emerged from a national lockdown in spring, AFP reports.

And in the southern region of Campania, the regional head Vincenzo De Luca said a curfew would begin this weekend, but gave no details immediately on how it would work or how long it would last.

Lombardy, the region, hit hardest by the virus that has already claimed more than 36,000 lives in the country, is struggling to contain a new surge in cases.

Lombardy's overnight 11-5 curfew is expected to begin on Thursday night and last to November 13.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza gave his consent late Monday to Lombardy's more restrictive measure proposed by the regional government, after an hours-long meeting.

More than 10,000 new Covid-19 infections were recorded in Italy on Friday for the first time ever, with Lombardy the worst hit, as it was in the beginning of the health crisis in February.

The region, which includes Italy's financial hub of Milan, reported 1,687 new cases on Monday, with Campania coming a close second with 1,593.

In the past week, from October 12-19, the number of those hospitalized with Covid-19 in Lombardy has jumped 145 percent.

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