US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The authorities of all Italian municipalities lowered their national flags on Tuesday and paid a minute of silence to the memory of the victims of the epidemic of coronavirus infection, which, according to Monday night, claimed the lives of more than 11.5 thousand people. According to a TASS correspondent from the scene, the mayor of the capital, Virginia Raji, went out in front of the city hall on Capitol Hill.
The initiative launched by the National Association of Italian Communes (ANCI) at the suggestion of the authorities of Lodi and Bergamo, the most affected by the epidemic, was supported in the Vatican and several state institutions – the flags were lowered over the presidential Quirinal Palace, over the buildings of both houses of the Italian parliament.
Italy ranks first in the world in the number of deaths from a disease caused by coronavirus.
There remains a high mortality rate per day: 812 cases on Monday with a maximum of 969 a few days ago. At the same time, on Monday for the first time a significant reduction was recorded – almost half – the number of new infections per day (up to about 1.6 thousand).
The total number of infected since the beginning of the epidemic exceeded 100 thousand people.
Since March 10, quarantine and strict restrictions on the movement of the population have been in effect throughout the country. In particular, educational institutions, shops, restaurants, bars (except for the road), sports halls, entertainment facilities, beauty studios, cultural institutions, parks are closed.
The work of transport was reduced by 75%. These quarantine measures have been toughened several times, and fines for violating the quarantine regime now range from € 400 to € 3 thousand. As Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the day before, the quarantine regime will be extended in Italy at least until April 12.
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