ROME (dpa-AFX) – The Italian government wants to extend the emergency declared because of the corona virus. “We are moving towards an extension of the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in Venice on Friday. “If we did not prolong the state of emergency, we would no longer have the means and instruments (…) to continue to monitor and to intervene.” How long the emergency should last is unclear. Media reported a period between December 2020 and January 2021.
Conte had declared the state of emergency on January 31 for six months after the virus was found in a Chinese couple in Rome. Around 35,000 people have died in the wake of the pandemic. The infection numbers in Italy are now low after a long and hard lockdown. But a second wave is feared. Conte had been able to make curfew or similar decisions in recent months without parliamentary approval.
The state of emergency in Italy is often proclaimed after natural disasters such as earthquakes or floods in order to ensure special coordination of the emergency services and to avoid brocracy./reu/DP/men