The extension of the state of emergency was necessary, both in view of the economic situation and the fact that the coronavirus continues to circulate in Italy.
The Italian Senate supported the government's proposal to extend the state of emergency in connection with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This was reported by ANSA the day before.
It is indicated that the Senate approved the proposal to extend the state of emergency until October 15, although it was expected that it would be extended until October 31. The decision was supported by 157 senators, 125 were against and three more abstained.
Before the vote, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the senators. He said that the extension of the state of emergency is necessary, both taking into account the economic situation and the fact that the coronavirus continues to circulate in the country.
As you know, the Italian government declared a state of emergency in early January to overcome the consequences of the pandemic. It expired at the end of July.
Italy is one of the most affected countries in Europe. The number of infected people here exceeds 246 thousand. More than 35 thousand people died.