Italy's state of emergency is set to expire on October 15th, but with the situation still volatile the government's scientific and technical committee has recommended that it be extended until January 31st.
Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed the plans to journalists on Thursday morning, reportedly saying: “We will go to Parliament to ask for an extension of the state of emergency until January 31st.”
If the extension is granted by parliament, it would mean Italy remains in a state of emergency for one year.
Conte first called the state of emergency on January 31st 2020, after two cases of coronavirus were confirmed in Rome, but before Italy's first Covid-19-related deaths
It also allows regional authorities to bring in their own local rules aimed at containing the spread of the virus.