Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

A view shows shared electric scooters parked in front of the Coliseum monument on June 22, 2020 in Rome, as the country eases its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection. (File/AFP)
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Updated 01 October 2020

Italy considers extending COVID-19 emergency until Jan. 31

  • The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers

ROME: Italy is considering extending until Jan. 31 next year its state of emergency over the COVID-19 crisis, two national newspapers said on Thursday.
The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers, allowing officials to more easily bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.
Dailies Il Messagero and Corriere della Sera said a cabinet meeting discussed the issue late on Wednesday.
“It is not official yet.. while at first (the government) talked about pushing it back to Dec. 31, during the meeting (the government) considered going beyond the end of the year, given that the cohabitation with the virus is destined to go on for a long time still,” Il Messaggero said.


Philippines reports 1,509 new coronavirus cases, 60 more deaths

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Philippines reports 1,509 new coronavirus cases, 60 more deaths

  • The healthy ministry said there were 60 additional COVID-19 deaths confirmed

MANILA: The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday confirmed 1,509 new coronavirus infections, its lowest daily increase in cases in more than six weeks.
In a bulletin, the ministry said there were 60 additional COVID-19 deaths confirmed. Total cases have risen to 362,243 while deaths have reached 6,747.