Italy: 993 Covid-19 related deaths; Government to ban travel at Christmas

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Italy registered a record of 993 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours on Thursday. This is the highest daily toll since the outbreak, according to the Italian health ministry.

Some 347 people died of coronavirus in Lombardy in the last 24 hours.

There were 23,225 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, up from 20,709 registered on the day before.

Italy has registered 1,664,829 Covid-19 infections since the beginning of the pandemic which has claimed 58,034 lives.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is due to address the nation this evening. He is expected to outline measures in the latest government decree which includes a ban on inter-regional travel over Christmas.

The draft decree which has been approved by the Cabinet, is a bid to stop the festive season from fueling the third wave. Movement between regions will be banned from 21 December until Epiphany which is a national holiday on 6 January. People will not be allowed to transfer to their holiday homes, according to the Italian news agency ANSA.

Furthermore, it will not be possible to move outside one’s town or city of residence on Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day, sources said.