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Italy’s government receives 200 complaints over pandemic response

ROME: More than 200 people have filed complaints against leading Italian government figures including Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and other cabinet members over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Conte’s office announced on Thursday that the public prosecutor’s office in Rome had informed the government of the accusations.
The complaints include charges of abuse of office, homicide and restriction of civil rights.
However, the prosecutors wrote that they considered the allegations to be “unsubstantiated” and would dismiss them.
Conte responded on Facebook saying that “some people accused us of taking measures that were too severe while others said the measures weren’t extensive enough or came too late.” “Our actions have always been guided by science and our conscience,” he said.
Italy recorded more than 35,000 COVID-19-related fatalities and more than 252,000 coronavirus infections as of Thursday. (DPA)