A pedestrian, wearing a mask with the Italian flag on it, stands in a street in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
A pedestrian, wearing a mask with the Italian flag on it, stands in a street in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Italy bans New Year events as coronavirus cases climb to pandemic record

  • Face masks will be compulsory outdoors, and discos and dance clubs will be shut until January 31 to prevent mass socialising during the holidays
  • Italy on Thursday registered a record 44,595 new Covid-19 cases – an increase of more than 70 per cent in just a week

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A pedestrian, wearing a mask with the Italian flag on it, stands in a street in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
A pedestrian, wearing a mask with the Italian flag on it, stands in a street in Rome on Thursday. Photo: AFP
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