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Despite the criticism, the Italian government has stood by the new measures. Announcing the restrictions on Wednesday, Health Minister Roberto Speranza stated that, while “these choices will mean sacrifices and difficulties,” they must be implemented, as they are “the only way to bend the curve.”
On Thursday, Italy reported its highest ever single day of new coronavirus cases, recording 34,505 additional infections, along with 445 deaths – the first time that figure has risen above 400 since May 2. Since the start of the pandemic, the country has experienced a total of 824,879 cases and 40,192 deaths due to the virus.
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