The Italian Government has decided to extend until March 31 the state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic, thus extending the measure for three months during the coldest time of the year.
The measure will be formally approved in the Council of Ministers scheduled for Tuesday afternoon along with some “additional measures”, according to sources cited by various Italian media.
The decision has been made by the Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, to give a clear signal about the priorities related to the situation of the pandemic, reports the newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’.
With this extension, the Government will be able to continue issuing laws by decree without receiving parliamentary approval. In addition, the regions may also issue regulations following the guidelines set by the central government.
The bodies created ‘ad hoc’ such as the Extraordinary Commissioner and the Scientific Technical Committee, constituted on February 5, 2020 by order of the Ministry of Health, will continue to function in this way.
This Monday the Italian authorities have reported 12,712 cases of coronavirus detected in the last 24 hours, as well as 98 deaths. In total there are 5.2 million confirmed cases and 134,929 deaths.