Europe set to mark one year since first national lockdowns: Italy

For many countries in Europe, it’s coming up to a year since national lockdowns were imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

One of those nations is Italy. The country is set to go back into another national lockdown, a year after it became the first in the world to impose a nationwide COVID shutdown.

Italy has struggled to cope with a new wave of infections thought to be linked to the spread of the variant of the virus first discovered in the UK.

The lockdown will see all non-essential businesses closed from April 3 to 5 over the country’s Easter weekend. Addressing the nation, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi thanked Italians for their continued patience.

He said, “Last spring’s events are still fresh in our minds and we will do everything we can to prevent them from happening again. On the basis of scientific evidence, the government has today adopted restrictive measures that we have judged to be appropriate and proportionate.”

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