Italy braces for widespread closures as Covid cases rise

Italy braces for widespread closures as Covid cases riseMarch 12, 2021

Schools, restaurants and shops expected to shut with hospitals under strain from new wave

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Italy’s government is expected to announce the closure of schools, restaurants and shops across most of the country as a new wave of coronavirus infections puts hospitals under strain.

The prime minister, Mario Draghi, will hold a mid-morning cabinet meeting on Friday to decide new restrictions for the eurozone’s third-largest economy, which on Thursday recorded almost 26,000 new Covid-19 cases and 373 deaths.

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