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Coronavirus live updates-Italy extends lockdown till Easter


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

31st Mar, 2020. 10:51 am
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Italy has decided to extend its lockdown until Easter.

However, international news agency BBC reported that there is some hope as a decline in infection rate is seen in the country.

Over 1,648 new cases were reported on Monday whereas 3,815 cases new cases were reported at the previous day.

Italy believes that peak of its crisis will be seen in just over a week’s time.

Government said that 11,591 people have died in the country.

The national doctors’ association announced the death of 11 more doctors on Monday. Total 61 doctors have died.

The lockdown has been extended till at least 12th April, the Easter Sunday. The lockdown was supposed to end on Friday.

According to the international news agency,

Spain‘s total of people testing positive has reached 85,195 – higher than that of China, where the outbreak began. Spain is the worst-hit country after Italy, with 7,340 deaths in total. But Foreign Minister Arancha González says the latest national figures show the virus’s upwards curve appears to be flattening out.

Germany has so far avoided a deadly outbreak on the scale of Spain and Italy, but it did report a jump in cases on Monday of 4,751, bringing ITS total to 57,000.

Hungary‘s government has declared sweeping emergency powers and can rule by decree. Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged to act proportionately, but opponents – including human rights campaigners outside Hungary – accuse him of eroding democracy. There is no time limit on these powers, and journalists could face jail if officials dislike their reporting on the crisis.

In Russia, Moscow began a lockdown of its 12 million residents as the government moves to curb an outbreak.

In Austria, shoppers will now be required to wear masks inside stores, authorities announced on Monday.

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