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The Italian Parliament supported the extension of state of emergency due to coronavirus

The chamber of deputies of the Italian Parliament on Wednesday after the Senate passed a resolution in support of extending the state of emergency in the country in connection with the pandemic COVID-19.

As in the case with the upper house of the legislature, the necessity of extending measures illustrated personally by the Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte. Speaking Wednesday morning to the deputies, he called the extension of state of emergency "is inevitable and in some respects a mandatory choice."

"The government makes these findings based on simple organizational issues, not because we want to suppress freedom and dissent or lead the population in a state of fear," he said. Turning to the opposition, which opposes the extension of state of emergency, Conte urged not to enter people astray. "In social networks someone is convinced that it will lead to the return of quarantine from August 1, it is not so," said the Premier, adding that the government will support the time frame specified in the resolutions of the chambers.

On Tuesday, Conte made a similar speech in the Senate called for an extension of emergency regime was needed primarily because the data of the Scientific-technical Committee, created under the government, "show that the virus continues to circulate". In addition, the Prime Minister stressed that without the extension of state of emergency will lapse a current government Directive that contain the spread of coronavirus in fact be impossible.

Then he noted that the issue of extending the regime was discussed at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, however, this step invited to consider the legislature to "take into account the guidance" of both chambers and thus to share responsibility. Thereafter, the Senate adopted a resolution of the majority, which "authorizes the government to determine October 15, the date of completion of the national state of emergency".

On Wednesday, the deputies supported a resolution 286 votes for and 221 against, and five abstentions, the parliamentarians. As expected, the final decision on the extension of the emergency mode may be taken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers, which will take place on Wednesday evening.

The Council of Ministers of Italy on 31 January adopted a resolution on the introduction of a six months emergency regime in the country in connection with the distribution of COVID-19 after the first cases of infection in the national territory. When emergency mode all key decisions related to controlling the spread of coronavirus and overcoming the consequences of the pandemic are taken by the government of Italy without the approval of Parliament. For this reason, the parliamentary opposition parties have repeatedly opposed the extension of emergency.

As of Tuesday the total number of cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus in the Apennines exceeded 246 thousand, over 198 thousand patients have recovered, the victims were 35 123 people. In July, the number of new infections in Italy is at the level of 200-300 cases a day. Hospitals now have a little over 700 infected patients, and in intensive care units - a total of 40 people. In General, the number of cases and victims per day corresponds to the level of the initial period of the epidemic (end of February – beginning of March).

Relevant data on the situation of COVID-19 in Russia and the world presented on the portal stopmanager.of the Russian Federation.