Italy's 'very long' lockdown to only end graduallyCatholics had to celebrate Mass from home, as part of the lockdown measuresROME - Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government prepared Italians for a "very long" lockdown Sunday that would only be lifted gradually despite its economic hardship and traumatic impact on daily lives. "The measures expiring on April 3 will inevitably be extended," Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia told Italy's Sky TG24 television. "In my opinion, at least 100 billion (euros) will be needed," Castelli told the La Stampa daily. - 'Even stricter' -Italy's death toll now stands at 10,779 and the number of officially registered infections is just under 100,000. Projections from several global banks and think-tanks in the past week point to Italy's economic output shrinking by seven percent this year.
Source: Bangkok Post March 29, 2020 19:52 UTC