Italy Considers Extending COVID-19 Emergency Until January 31

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  • Medical staff embark a patient infected with the COVID-19 onboard a TGV high speed train at the Gare d'Austerlitz train station, to evacuate some of the coronavirus disease patients from Paris region hospitals to Brittany, in Paris, France April 1, 2020. France became the fourth country to pass the 4,000 coronavirus deaths threshold on Wednesday, after Italy, Spain and the United States, as the government scrambles to stay ahead of the curve regarding ventilator-equipped beds that are quickly filling up. Thomas Samson/Pool via REUTERS

    Medical staff embark a patient infected with the COVID-19 onboard a TGV high speed train at the Gare d'Austerlitz train station, to evacuate some of the coronavirus disease patients from Paris region hospitals to Brittany, in Paris, France April 1, 2020. France became the fourth country to pass the 4,000 coronavirus deaths threshold on Wednesday, after Italy, Spain and the United States, as the government scrambles to stay ahead of the curve regarding ventilator-equipped beds that are quickly filling up. Thomas Samson/Pool via REUTERS

    TEMPO.CORome - Italy is considering extending until Jan. 31 next year its state of emergency over the COVID-19 crisis, two national newspapers said on Thursday, October 1.

    The emergency, set to expire in mid-October, gives the government greater powers, allowing officials to more easily bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.

    Dailies Il Messagero and Corriere della Sera said a cabinet meeting discussed the issue late on Wednesday.

    “It is not official yet.. while at first (the government) talked about pushing it back to Dec. 31, during the meeting (the government) considered going beyond the end of the year, given that the cohabitation with the virus is destined to go on for a long time still,” Il Messaggero said.

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