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Italy to extend confinement due to coronavirus until May 2

The head of the Italian Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, has stated that the Confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic will last at least until May 2 and that the gradual opening of activities could come after the 16th of that month.

Borrelli, who is the person who communicates the pandemic bulletins on a daily basis, has stated that he does not believe that the emergency situation will pass before May 1 and that the Italians will have to stay home “for many weeks”, in statements to the radio program ‘Radio Anch’io’ of RAI1.

The head of Civil Protection reiterated the need to continue having “extremely rigorous behavior” and noted that “the coronavirus will change our approach towards human and interpersonal contacts, we will have to keep our distance for some time.”

Regarding “phase two” announced by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, which will consist of the gradual opening of activities, Borrelli specified that it could only come as of May 16.
“We must apply firm and precautionary measures because the possibility that there may be a return of the virus is not excluded, as the new measures in China demonstrate,” he added.

Regarding the outdoor time for children, which has caused controversy in the Government since at first it seemed that it had been authorized, but later he made sure that it was not, Borrelli affirmed that nothing has changed and that “we must have careful, respect the rules of prudence and be at home. “
Currently, the Government has decreed confinement measures and the closure of non-essential activities until April 13, as soon as the Easter festivities end.

Deaths in Italy associated with the coronavirus reached 13,915 in the country, after registering 760 more in the last 24 hours. The number of those infected since the virus was detected in Italy on February 21 is 115,242, which represents an increase of 4,668 on the last day, 4.2% more than the previous day.

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