Medical staff take a patient with Covid-19 to a hospital in Milan, Italy on October 19. Miguel Medina / AFP / Getty Images
Italy recorded 127 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday. This is the first time since May that the country’s daily death toll has hit three digits.
The country recorded an additional 15,199 new cases on Wednesday, a sharp increase the day before when 10,871 cases were reported.
Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Tuesday the government was working “day and night” to avoid a second lockdown.
“It depends on what we can do over the next few weeks,” he said.
Speranza also urged people to avoid “unnecessary movement” and “go out when it is not necessary”.
Again problems in Lombardy: Almost a third of the cases reported on Wednesday came from the Lombardy region – where Milan is located – in northern Italy. Lombardy was the epicenter of the Italian spring outbreak.
“Milan, Naples and likely Rome are already out of control in terms of containing the coronavirus,” Walter Ricciardi, advisor to the Italian health minister, said during a webinar on Wednesday they must block the movement. “
Curfew in Rome: In the Italian region of Lazio, where the capital Rome is located, a curfew will be imposed from midnight on Saturday October 24th. Authorities hope the measure will help stop the virus from spreading.
The curfew, which runs from midnight to 5 a.m. every night, will be imposed on the region’s nearly 6 million residents for 30 days, according to local authorities.
All movement is forbidden, unless there are health or professional reasons or an emergency.