The Italian government decided to close schools, restaurants and shops in most regions of the country, fearing a new wave of the Corona epidemic after recording an escalation in the number of HIV infections.
The country will go into a comprehensive lockdown for three days, starting April 3.
A year ago, Italy was one of the first countries to impose a comprehensive lockdown, and today it is once again finding it difficult to control the outbreak of the virus.
And it recorded more than 100,000 deaths due to Covid 19 disease, the highest number of deaths in Europe after Britain.
The vaccination campaign stalled in Italy, as it did in other European countries.
Starting from Monday, schools, restaurants and shops close their doors in more than half of the country’s regions, including the two most populated provinces, including the cities of Rome and Milan.
The government requires people to stay at home except in order to go to work, receive treatment, or meet basic needs.
The additional restrictions extend to Easter, and after the holiday period, the whole country enters the red zone and is completely closed.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi said of this decision: “I know that these restrictions will have an impact on the schooling of your children, on the economy, and on the mental health of each of you, but they are necessary to avoid the worst.”
Italy has recorded an increase in the number of Coronavirus infections in the last six weeks, with an average of more than 250,000 a day.
According to the French News Agency, “Hospitals in most regions of the country, and the intensive care departments in them in particular, are no longer accommodating more patients,” according to a local health organization.
An exception is the island of Sardinia, where the prevalence of Corona virus remains low.
The number of infections in Italy has reached 3.2 million since the Corona virus began spreading last year.