Italy registers 30,550 new cases; 4 regions in partial lockdown

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Italy has registered 30,550 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday while 352 have died.

New restrictions aimed at controlling the second wave of coronavirus are set to come into force on Thursday. The measures include a nationwide curfew between 10pm and 5am, the closure of shopping centres at weekends and closure of museums. High school pupils will continue following their studies through distance learning, among other measures.

Lombardy has reported 7,758 cases while Campania reported 4,181.

The country will make use of a three-tier system indicating the level of risk.

The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, is expected to address the nation on Wednesday night.

The new measures will be in place until 3 December.

Four regions in partial lockdown

As from Friday, four regions will go into partial lockdown.

The Italian government is trying to avoid a full national lockdown with Conte unveiling the three-tier system on Wednesday. The 20 Italian regions have been classified according to the level of risk.

“Red zone”

Lombardy, Piedmont, Aosta Valley and Calabria have been placed in the red zone with people only being to leave their homes for work, health or emergency reasons. Bars, restaurants and non-essential shops – apart from hairdressers – will close. People in the red zone will be banned from travelling in or out of their regions.

“Orange zone”

Puglia and Sicily have been placed in the orange zone. Bars and restaurants will be closed. People will be able to move freely within their towns and cities but they are not allowed to leave them.

“Yellow zone”

The remaining regions have been classified as yellow zone and are only subject to national restrictions.

Bars and restaurants are to close at 6pm. Cinemas, theatres and gyms have been closed down.

All regions are under a 10pm-5am curfew.

Factories will continue to operate.

Restrictions per region have been determined by the rate of transmission, the number of infections and people with symptoms and the availability of hospital beds.

Conte said intensive care capacity would be at risk in 15 of Italy’s 20 regions within a few weeks unless new measures were enacted.