Italy has ordered bars and restaurants to close by 6pm and shut public gyms, cinemas and swimming pools to try to halt a rapid resurgence in the coronavirus that has pushed daily infection rates to new highs. They can also restrict travel between regions. The measures may take effect as soon as Monday. Conte's spokesman, Rocco Casalino, said in a statement he had last seen Conte on Tuesday at which time they had worn masks and maintained social distancing.
"In November we expect we will be suffering a bit but, if we bite the bullet and face these restrictions, we may be able to relax a bit in December", said Conte.
Spainish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has announced a state of emergency, days after the country became the first European Union member to pass the 1-million-infection mark.
"We urge leaders to take immediate action to prevent further unnecessary deaths", he said.
Colombia became the latest country to record a million confirmed Covid-19 cases on Saturday, as France recorded a 24-hour record of more than 45,000 infections a day after passing the same milestone.
More than 70,000 people have lost their lives from the virus in the two countries, accounting for over a third of all deaths recorded in Europe, excluding Russian Federation.
The United States, still the country most affected by the virus, exceeded its record numbers of daily infections at the end of last week, which brought the issue to the forefront of the upcoming presidential election.
Spain declared a new national emergency and a night curfew, while France recorded a record number of daily injuries with more than 50,000 cases, and extended a night curfew that affected areas inhabited by almost 46 million people.
Cases soared to 1,046,132 on Friday, with the death toll nearing 35,000.
AT LEAST A month of new restrictions have been imposed across Italy to fight rising Covid-19 infections.
After France with its curfew from 9 p.m. and Spain in confinement, Italy also chose to step up its measures against Covid-19.
"These are hard days", Health Minister Roberto Speranza said.
The government is considering a €4 billion to €5 billion (S$6.4 billion to S$8 billion) emergency decree to help workers by extending furloughs and banning dismissals, according to people familiar with the matter.
The French government extended an overnight curfew to cover areas home to around 46 million people, two out of every three French.
The Prime Minister added that the government will promote smart working in public administration and that it "strongly recommends" the private sector do the same in order to reduce crowding on public transportation.
Today, Lombardy accounted for 4,916 of the country's new cases.