March 8, 2021

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Coronavirus live news: Xmas and NY lockdowns in Italy; Sweden tightens rules after nearly 10,000 daily cases

Bars and non-essential shops to close over both holidays in Italy; Sweden introduces tougher measures...

Bars and non-essential shops to close over both holidays in Italy; Sweden introduces tougher measures after recording 9,654 cases; Austria announces third lockdown just 11 days after ending last one

9.19pm GMT

Italy will go into varying levels of lockdown during the Christmas and New Year period as the government tries to impede a rise in coronavirus infections that could be triggered by the festivities.

The whole country will be under “red-zone” lockdown on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, 27 December and then again between 31 December and 3 January and 5-6 January, when Italy celebrates the feast of the epiphany. On those days non-essential shops will close along with bars and restaurants, unless they provide home delivery services. People must stay home unless they need to leave for emergency reasons, although in a significant exception, a maximum of two people (not counting children under 14) can leave their homes to visit another person’s home. On 28, 29 and 30 December, and 4 January Italy will be in “orange zone” lockdown, meaning people can leave their homes but must stay within their towns and all shops can reopen apart from bars and restaurants.

9.12pm GMT

Italy’s announcement ended days of indecision and wrangling within the coalition, which was split between those wanting a complete shutdown and those pressing for more limited action to help struggling businesses and to allow some family reunions.

Under the new rules, non-essential shops will be shuttered between December 24-27, December 31- January 3 and January 5-6. On those days, Italians will only be allowed to travel for work, health or emergency reasons.

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