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Italy makes face masks mandatory outdoors after coronavirus cases surge

Italy has made face masks mandatory outdoors nationwide following a surge in Covid-19 cases.

The rules come as the number of new infections has jumped to the highest daily count since April, following a steady rise over the past two months.

Several Italian regions, including Lazio, near Rome, have made face coverings a mandatory rule.

Figures from the country's health ministry show 3,678 cases were recorded over the past 24 hours, which is an increase from 2,677 cases on Tuesday.

The numbers surpass the 3,000 mark for the first since since April 24, at the peak of the pandemic worldwide.

The country is still recording fewer daily cases of Covid-19 than other popular European destinations, like Spain, France and Britain.

Health minister Roberto Speranza ordered compulsory testing on travellers from the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and Czech Republic, on Wednesday in a bid too curb cases in Rome.

Italy was the first nation in Europe to be hit hard by coronavirus, and has the second highest death toll in the continent behind the UK, with 36,061 people dying since the outbreak began in February, according to official data.

The government introduced a strict lockdown, which managed to get the number of Covid-19 infections under control by the summer, however, cases are increasing fast, reports the Evening Standard.

The cabinet also approved a decree to extend the coronavirus state of emergency to January 31, next year.

The state of emergency was originally due to expire in mid-October, and allows central government to have greater powers to bypass bureaucracy that can affect decision-making in the country.

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