Italy government plans to extend state of emergency until Jan. 31

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Rome, Oct. 2, 2020 (dpa/Naija247news) The Italian government intends to prolong a national state of emergency linked to the novel coronavirus pandemic until Jan. 31, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says.

“The proposal [the government is considering] is to prolong the state of emergency until Jan. 31,” Conte says in a news conference in Brussels after a EU summit.

A state of emergency is a common response in Italy to calamities such as earthquakes or public health crises.

It allows public authorities to act more quickly and bypass red tape.

The measure is currently due to expire on Oct. 15.

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