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Italy extends coronavirus state of emergency to Oct 15

 International Desk

 Published: 09:53 AM, 29 July 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Italy will extend its coronavirus state of emergency until Oct 15, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced in the Italian Senate Tuesday.

The current state of emergency is set to expire on Friday.

Opposition parties had objected, accusing Conte of trying to keep too much power in his own hands despite a dramatic fall in the rate of contagion. However, the upper house Senate passed the measure by 157 votes to 125 in the 319-seat chamber. 

"Although the curve of the contagion and the impact [of the coronavirus] on the national health service has reduced significantly, something that encourages us, the data tell us that the virus continues to circulate in our country," Conte said.

Italy has the fifth-highest number of deaths. So far, 35,123 people died of the virus in Italy while 246,488 people have been infected. Of them, 198,756 have recovered.