Lockdowns in Italy, Spain, France may be prolonged

Mar 30, 2020

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Lockdowns in Italy, Spain, France may be prolonged

Tokyo (Japan), Mar 30: Lockdowns in Italy, Spain and France will likely be further extended as governments in these countries scramble to stem surges in the number of coronavirus cases.
Italy confirmed more than 5,000 new infections on Sunday for a total of 97,689. The number of deaths also rose by 756 to 10,779.
The country's lockdown is due to expire on April 3, but regional affairs minister Francesco Boccia told local media on Sunday that it is inevitable the measure will be extended.
Spain reported over 6,500 new cases for a total of nearly 80,000. The country's fatalities stand at 6,528.
The government in Madrid is tightening its lockdown by prohibiting all employees from commuting to work, effective on Monday. Exceptions include staff for grocery stores, pharmacies, and financial institutions.
The government says the restriction will last through April 9.
France has extended its lockdown through April 15. The measure was scheduled to end at the end of this month.
Source: NHK World