Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail Aug 09, 2020 0 621 12345 DPARomeThe Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night.Masks must continue to be worn in closed public spaces, people must continue to keep physical distance from one another, and large gatherings remain banned.Conte spoke of “balanced measures that do justice to the current situation,” and said one must remain vigilant about the virus.Italy was one of the countries most severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the spring.The decree allows cruise ships to sail again from September 15, though strict hygiene rules must be observed on board.From September 1, trade fairs will be allowed to open again - construction and organisation of the exhibitions can begin immediately.Another three billion euros (3.5 billion dollars) were made available for tourism and culture.The cabinet also paved the way for further financial aid, for the economy and families, which brought the aid package provided by the government since the beginning of the crisis in March to 100 billion euros.The Prime Minister appealed to Italians to continue to participate in the measures to contain the coronavirus.“We must not fall behind and undo our efforts,” he said. “I understand the young people who would like to return to nightlife, but one must behave responsibly. The health of your loved ones is at stake.”Other measures include tax deferrals for the self-employed and an action plan for the economically weaker southern regions. RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 632 Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 680 Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 623 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England AFP Lille French patrol boats on Saturday rescued dozens of migrants from makeshift boats in the Channel that were heading to England, maritime officials said. British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described .. Sweltering France posts traffic jam record PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave. France’s traffic authorities said the .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland DPA Warsaw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said .. Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears DPA London The British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use. Up to 741,000 tests from the ..