Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he will ask parliament to extend the country’s Covid-19 state of emergency until the end of January.
Speaking during an impromptu press conference in Caserta, Conte said that the Covid-19 situation requires “maximum attention,” even though the “spread is under control.”
Italy was the first major European country to be affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and among the first countries to impose a strict national lockdown. It has the second highest death toll in Europe, after the UK, with 35,894 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
In the past few months, the country has managed to dodge a second wave unlike its European neighbors, though confirmed cases are rising. On Wednesday, authorities reported 1,851 new cases and 19 deaths.