The coronavirus battle has not been won yet – Conte

FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wearing a protective face mask, leaves the Senate as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Rome, Italy May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

The battle against COVID-19 has not been won and the utmost attention is needed to keep the virus at bay, Premier Giuseppe Conte said Tuesday.

“The battle has not been won, the attention threshold must remain maximum in the coming weeks and months too,” he said.

Conte said the government meant to involve “the best energies of the country” in its plan to emerge form the crisis.

Meanwhile Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the government could make it obligatory to wear facemasks in outside, in areas where it is possible to come close to other people, rather than only in enclosed public spaces, as he presented a new decree with measures to combat COVID-19 to the Lower House on Tuesday.