On Sunday, the country reported a record 11,705 cases, as well as 69 deaths from the disease. “The situation is critical. The government is there but everyone must do their part”, Conte said.
Authorities have ordered betting shops to close from 9 pm and halted local fairs, as well as amateur sporting competitions. Restaurants will be able to serve only seated customers after 6 pm. Conte added that the government is also considering closing gyms and swimming pools. Other regions, such as Campania around Naples, have closed schools for two weeks.
According to official figures, Italy has recorded 36,543 deaths since the outbreak emerged in February. The country has the second-highest death toll in the region after the United Kingdom.