06:59 GMT22 October 2020
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    ROME (Sputnik) - Italy's Council of Ministers overnight to Tuesday approved a package of new measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country, government sources told reporters.

    The government decree containing these measures was previously discussed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte with representatives of Italian regions, whose leadership is responsible for the management of health care facilities.

    According to preliminary information, the decree contains a number of restrictions related to the operation of bars and restaurants, educational institutions, as well as public ceremonies and sports.

    Last week, the Italian government decided to extend the country's coronavirus disease-related state of emergency until 31 January 2021, since public health officials have noticed a surge in new COVID-19 cases after Italy had begun to accept tourists for the end of the summer season.

    According to the Italian Health Ministry, The impact of the outbreaks in schools will be better estimated in the coming weeks.

    As of today, the country has registered a total of 359,569, including 36,205 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University count.

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