In yet another strong move, Italy has entered a three-day strict nationwide lockdown to deter Easter travel and help prevent new surges of the coronavirus.
Even though the rate of infections are dropping according to the Health Ministry, all regions were placed into the strictest “red zone" lockdown through Monday as a precaution. The lockdown, which was announced the last month, included restrictions on personal movement, with limited travel and visits to relatives. Non-essential shops are closed and restaurants and bars are only open for take-out.
Italy, where the initial outbreak of COVID-19 was ranked as worst, has recorded 3.6 million cases and more than 110,000 deaths from the virus, more deaths than any other European country but Britain.
The country has administered 10.8 million vaccines, though only 3.3 million of the country's 60 million people have received both doses.