Italian Gov’t Prepares Economic Support as Death Toll Rises

The death toll from COVID-19 in Italy has risen to 34, five more than a day earlier, officials said on Sunday, as the government prepared to boost spending to help the fragile economy. 

Italy reported 566 new cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,694, the Civil Protection Agency said. Of those infected, 83 had recovered, while 140 were in intensive care. 

As the human toll grows, the government is increasingly worried about the economic outlook. The cabinet announced it would approve 3.6 billion euros of measures to help companies.

This appropriation came on top of an aid-package worth 900 million euros that was unveiled on Friday for the worst-impacted zones. 

Opposition politicians said the proposals were far too limited, with the head of the far-right League demanding “at least 20 billion euros” of additional spending.


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