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- European Politics · Politics · Rome · Italy · Roberto Speranza · Unione Radiofonica Italiana

ROME The Ital­ian gov­ern­ment will likely im­pose new re­stric­tions in the com­ing week to try to beat back ris­ing coro­n­avirus cases, Health Min­is­ter Roberto Sper­anza said on Sun­day.

The cabi­net is due to meet Tues­day to de­cide how to re­spond to an in­crease in in­fec­tions, with south­ern Ital­ian re­gions for the first time look­ing vul­ner­a­ble to the dis­ease.

“The bat­tle isn't over. We don't have the num­bers seen in other Euro­pean coun­tries ... but we are in a phase of sig­nif­i­cant growth and I hope the coun­try finds a spirit of unity,” Sper­anza told state broad­caster RAI.

The mea­sures un­der re­view in­clude mak­ing the wear­ing of masks oblig­a­tory out­doors across the whole coun­try and rein­tro­duc­ing curbs on so­cial gath­er­ings.

Italy reg­is­tered 2,844 new cases on Satur­day.

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