Italy begins strict Easter lockdown

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Italy has entered a strict three-day lockdown to try and prevent a surge in Covid-19 cases over Easter. All regions are now in the red zone – the highest tier of restrictions – as the country battles a third wave, with about 20,000 new cases a day. Non-essential movement is banned, but people are allowed to have an Easter meal in their homes with two others. Churches are also open, but worshippers are being told to attend services within their own regions. For the second year, Pope Francis will deliver his Easter message to an empty St Peter’s Square.

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