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Shops, restaurants and schools will be closed across most of Italy on Monday, with PM Mario Draghi warning of a "new wave" of the coronavirus outbreak.

For three days over Easter, 3-5 April, there will be a total shutdown.

Italy, which one year ago imposed one of the first national lockdowns, is once again struggling to contain the rapid spread of infections.

The country has reported more than 100,000 Covid-related deaths, Europe's second-highest tally after the UK.

Italy's vaccination campaign has been hit by delays, as has been seen elsewhere in the European Union.

Anglo-Swedish drug company AstraZeneca has announced a further shortfall in the amount of its vaccine it can supply to the European Union, blaming export restrictions imposed by some countries. It did not elaborate.

In January, it announced a large cut in the 100m doses it had originally expected to deliver to the EU by March, sparking a public spat with European Commission.

Last week the government in Rome blocked the export of 250,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia to address shortfalls of vaccines.

From Monday, schools, shops and restaurants will shut in more than half of Italy, including the two most populous regions containing Rome and Milan.

Residents will be required to stay at home except for work, health or other essential reasons.

The extra restrictions would last until Easter, Mr Draghi's office said, and over the Easter weekend the whole country would be turned into the high-risk "red zone".

"I'm aware that today's restrictions will have consequences on the education of your children, on the economy and on everyone's mental health," Mr Draghi said.

"But they're necessary to avoid a worsening of the situation that would require even stricter measures."

Cases have been rising across Italy for the past six weeks, exceeding 25,000 a day.

Source : BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56382608

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I think this is a wise decision, since during Easter, people tend to go out a lot. I wish my country would go to a lockdown, but elections are tomorrow.

I think when love is pure you try to understand the reasons why…

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I do agree. I think it's wise and necessary. I know Italians are sick of this situation and I think it's been handled quite badly so far. I'm glad they made this decision, I really hope things will improve 

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@giais right. I would like every country to do this as well. But some people disobey this things and go out anyway. 

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I agree, it is very wise to put a lockdown during a holiday. So glad Italy's taking the precautionary measures to protect itself, it suffered too much last year and so many lives were lost. 

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Yes, from Monday there will be a sort of new lockdown in most of the country 😩  I'm so sad of thinking I have to stay at home for the next 3/4 weeks, again....but I do agree it is the best decision right now!

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4 minutes ago, Matt said:

And I still have to go to work....

Come on Matt! Let's see the positive side of it, you still have a job 💪🏼 

...that you can still quit.... to go chase Gaga:cheers:  

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I think it's the right thing to do. Wish my country would do something like that instead of ignoring how we're becoming the first country in daily cases per 100k.

another shot before we kiss the otherside!

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I’m so sorry this is happening in Italy especially to all of you living there. I too am so tired of COVID. I really hope they can do a better job in Europe with the vaccines. I know for Italians it’s been a slow process but I hope they start speeding it up for you all. I live in the US. Illinois is my state and thankfully we are a strict state when it comes to masks. I’m sure you’ve all heard there are other states not being careful at all and even wanting to get rid of mask mandates which is nuts. If that happens the US will be right back to where we were at the end of 2020. I know this whole thing is mentally draining. It’s been that way for me for 12 months. I pray every day we get ahead of this. It seems like every time we think we’re getting better, cases spike again. I won’t stop praying for it to get better. I’ll also keep praying for Gaga, her team, and the rest of the cast and crew to be healthy. I’ll pray for all of you in Italy to stay healthy too. Don’t stop believing in better days and better times. We’ll get there. I know we will.

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