The evening of 28 July, the Italian Senate approved the government’s initiative on extension of state of emergency in connection with the coronavirus pandemic until October 15. It is reported by ANSA.
Voted 57 senators, 125 were against and three abstained.
The Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, representing the draft resolution stated that the virus continues to circulate, therefore the emergency cannot be considered liquidated. Special powers that gives the state of emergency the government required to develop and implement a plan for economic reconstruction of the country.
The presence of the Prime Minister the opportunity to issue unilateral decrees in the period of the special mode is not meant to strengthen authoritarian measures, said Conte.
Extraordinary measures to combat COVID-19, introduced in Italy since March 9. The validity of the state of emergency expired on 31 July.
An outbreak of coronavirus in Italy began in late February – early in Europe. The country is on the 15th in the world in the number of infected – 246 488 died 35 123 people. Thus, according to data from the Ministry of health, in recalculation on 100 thousand population number of new cases 14 days is not greater than 4.6, which is below the critical level.