Italy Officially Extends Lockdown Until April 13th but Suggests May 1st a More Likely Date

The Italian government has confirmed that the national lockdown which was due to expire on April 3rd will be extended until at least April 13th. 

The government promised to look into a gradual relaxation of the strict closures and social distancing measures after Easter. The Prime Minister, however, emphasized that this was not the moment to let any guard down. He also contradicted another official who had suggested children could go outside for a walk with one parent. Conte said everyone should stay home, including children. 

The head of Italy’s Civil Protection agency, which is managing the disaster response, suggested that he expected most people would still be under stay at home orders until May 1st.

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