Posted on Aug 23, 2020
Health Minister Roberto Speranza in a newspaper interview on Sunday ruled out a new lockdown despite rising cases over the past month. On Saturday the country reported 1,071 new infections, exceeding 1,000 cases in a day for the first time since the government eased its rigid lockdown measures in May.
“We will not have a new lockdown,” Speranza told daily newspaper La Stampa, saying the current situation cannot be compared to February and March, when the disease was spreading out of control and it was difficult to track and isolate infected people.
“I am optimistic, although prudent. Our national health service has become much stronger.”
Speranza added that Italy has doubled the number of beds in intensive care units.
The number of new infections remains considerably lower than those registered in Spain & France and daily death tolls are low.
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