Italy to launch regional COVID lockdown amid spike

Tim Balk, New York Daily News

The Italian government said Wednesday night that it will institute a strict lockdown in four regions of the country, barring travel and shuttering nonessential stores amid a fall surge in COVID-19 cases.

The new regulations, which represent the county’s toughest new coronavirus rules since March, will halt movement in four “Red” areas: Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta.

Milan, a financial capital home to more than 1 million people, will be covered by the lockdown.

Italy joins European peers including Britain, France and Germany that have moved to roll out new lockdowns as a brutal wave of COVID-19 cases crushes the continent. Italy saw its daily case count climb dramatically during October.

The county has tallied more 790,000 cases during the coronavirus crisis, and its death toll has climbed above 39,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The new lockdown is set to enter force on Friday. Masked exercise will be allowed outside.

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