Italy approved new restrictions on Thursday to avoid a surge in coronavirus infections over Christmas and the New Year, banning midnight mass and halting movement between towns, as the country posted its highest daily death toll of the pandemic.
The prime minister Giuseppe Conte said that from 21 December to 6 January movement between Italy’s 20 regions will only be allowed for work, medical reasons or emergencies. On Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, Italians cannot even leave their towns.
In a televised evening news conference, Conte said current curbs which are staggered around the country according to local infection rates were producing good results, but the Christmas holidays threatened to cause a new rise in cases.
“It’s clear this will be a Christmas that is different from the others but it will be no less authentic,” he said, urging people not to…