ANSA – Non-essential shops closed, trips only allowed if necessary

Half of Italy was on lockdown on Monday after a recent upswing on COVID-19 contagion and the government’s imposition of new rules making it more likely that regions get classified as coronavirus red zones.

Italians start a widespread lockdown

TheNewYorkTimes – The circulation of a more contagious coronavirus variant, combined with a slow vaccine rollout, led to a 15 percent increase in cases nationally last week.

Italy prepares for an Easter lockdown as Covid-19 cases grow exponentially

CNN – Italy is facing another lockdown, as the government attempts to contain a recent surge of coronavirus cases, marred by the presence of new variants.Half of Italy’s 20 regions, which include the cities Rome, Milan and Venice, will be entering new coronavirus restrictions from Monday, March 15. The measures will be effective through April 6, according to a decree passed by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet on Friday.

Covid-19 pandemic: Italy to shut shops and schools amid infection spike

BBC – Shops, restaurants and schools will be closed across most of Italy on Monday, with PM Mario Draghi warning of a “new wave” of the coronavirus outbreak.

For three days over Easter, 3-5 April, there will be a total shutdown. Italy, which one year ago imposed one of the first national lockdowns, is once again struggling to contain the rapid spread of infections.