ITALY CIVIL PROTECTION CHIEF SEES LOCKDOWN CONTINUING BEYOND MAY1

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Italy’s national lockdown to try to contain the spread of coronavirus will probably continue beyond the start of May, Angelo Borrelli, head of the Civil Protection Agency, said on Friday.

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This week the government extended the lockdown, which imposes severe restrictions on movement and shutters all services and firms not deemed essential Italy’s supply chain, until April 13.

In a radio interview with state broadcaster RAI, Borrelli was asked whether the measures would need to remain in place many more weeks.

“Unfortunately they will, I don’t believe this situation will have passed by May 1, we have to be extremely rigorous,” he replied.

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Up till Thursday, Italy had officially registered 13,915 deaths from the highly infections virus, considerably over any other country in the world. (Reuters/NAN)