Italy announces new restrictions amid coronavirus surge

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a raft of new measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 on Sunday, joining a host of other European leaders in declaring new measures as countries battle a second wave.

Conte declared “we cannot waste time” as he announced the new measures.

Restaurants will have to display their maximum capacity outside, and close doors by midnight, while bars will have to close at 6pm if they don’t have table service.

Private sector companies were encouraged to follow the public sector in increasing the number of employees working from home, while local festivals will be banned along with amateur sports.

Italy saw more than 10,000 new daily cases on Friday for the first time, followed by 10,935 on Saturday and 11,705 on Sunday.

It is just the latest European country to announce new restrictions over the weekend.

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