Italy is likely to extend the state of emergency imposed in the country due to the coronavirus outbreak, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said.
Asked about reports that the government was considering extending the legislation until December 31, Conte said: "A decision still has to be taken, we need to consult with the cabinet ministers... it is probable that the state of emergency will be extended," reports the CNN.
Conte would not confirm whether the government was aiming for an extension until the end of the year.
Italy was one of the first European countries to be hit by the coronavirus and went into a state of emergency on January 31. The legal framework gives the government special powers to curb certain freedoms and access to additional resources to stop and contain the spread of Covid-19 and is currently valid until July 31.