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Lazio Region Under 14-Day Lockdown After Spike in COVID Numbers

Despite the prime minister's claim that a national lockdown is not in the future, local lockdowns are still a possibility.

Italy’s Latina province has been placed under a 14-day mandatory lockdown due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Located in the Lazio region, Latina’s quarantine started Thursday, Oct. 8, after the area saw positive case numbers rise by 155%.

The region’s health councilor Alessio D’Amato said, “It is essential to respect these rules to avoid further and more severe restrictions.”

These restrictions rules state that parties and religious gatherings are limited to no more than 20 people, hospital and care home visits are banned, except for special circumstances, while people are advised to work remotely when possible. Additionally, restaurants and bars have a midnight curfew, and no more than four people are allowed to be seated inside restaurants. However, there has been no word about a ban on travel for those in the region. 

Latina recorded 359 new cases on Thursday, with 144 of those in Rome. Meanwhile, the country overall saw almost 4,500 new cases that same day. 

Despite these growing numbers, Italy’s prime minister has said he does not believe there will be another nationwide lockdown. The country did extend its state of emergency declaration until January 21, 2021. 

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