Italy shuts down more industries, but critics say it’s not enough !

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Italy shuts down more industries, but critics say it’s not enough !

BAHRS GLOBAL NEWS, 26 MAR 2020
Rome ,Itali : As the coronavirus continues to spread in Italy, many of the country’s industries are being shut down.
The businesses that are the latest to be affected include car and clothing manufacturers, rental services, real estate construction and tourism companies.
“We are slowing down the country’s engine,” President Giuseppe Conte said in a Facebook message on Saturday night.
“It’s a hard decision, but it prepares us to face the most acute phase of the infection.”
the European epicentre of the pandemic, is the world’s most affected country at the moment, in terms of deaths and a rising number of infections.
Conte’s decree was signed on Sunday, a day after Italy posted a world record coronavirus death toll – with 793 people dying in 24 hours.
On Tuesday, the death toll leapt by 743 to 6,820.
The shutdown began on Monday and will remain in place until April 3; companies have been given until Wednesday to adopt the directive.
If they fail to do so, authorities will forcibly close their activities for 30 days.
But critics have said the list of 80 sectors that are exempt is too long.
It includes supermarkets; grocery shops; companies associated with the production and distribution of drugs and medical devices; banks; insurance firms; post offices; newsagents; IT repair; tobacco shops; energy and gas companies; waste collection and processing; plastics, paper, aluminium and chemicals producers; oil refineries; civil engineering; machine production; professional consultancies; wood packaging; house cleaning and call centres.
Essential public services such as transport will continue.
Source ALJAZEERA News ITALI

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