Italy’s Lombardy region to impose virus curfew

ROME (AFP) – Italy’s northern Lombardy region prepared yesterday to impose a nighttime curfew, the most restrictive anti-coronavirus measure the country has seen since emerging from a national lockdown in the spring.

The curfew from 11pm to 5am is expected to begin tomorrow night and last until November 13.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza gave his consent late Monday to the more restrictive measure proposed by the regional government, after an hours-long meeting.

“It’s an appropriate and symbolically important initiative that shouldn’t have particularly serious economic consequences,” Regional President Attilio Fontana said in the newspaper La Repubblica yesterday.

More than 10,000 new COVID-19 infections were recorded in Italy on Friday for the time ever, with Lombardy the hardest hit region, as it was in the beginning of the health crisis in February.