Italy's government wants to extend COVID-19 state of emergency to 31 January

Italy's PM Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday that his government wants to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency until the end of January and it would put the proposal to parliament, ANSA reported. The current state of emergency is set to expire on 15 October. The government's scientific and technical committee has recommended that it be extended until 31 January 2021.

If the extension is granted by parliament, it would mean Italy remains in a state of emergency for one year.

The state of emergency, among other things, gives special powers to governors and other public bodies, making it possible, for example, to create 'red zones' sealing off areas where a coronavirus outbreak has occurred. It also makes it possible for the government to stop flights to and from countries with a high incidence of contagion. The obligation to respect coronavirus-prevention measures, such as social distancing, the use of face masks in enclosed spaces and frequent hand washing, would remain too.

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