Italy shuts down non-essential manufacturing until April 3

All of Italy’s non-essential manufacturing will cease operations until April 3 due to COVID-19, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte said Saturday night.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, insurances, banks and post offices will remain open, while public transportation will continue to run.

The Italian government announced closure of all non-essential retail on March 12.

The decision came after the country registered a total of 53,578 COVID-19 cases and 793 deaths in one day, the highest daily tally the country has recorded since the outbreak.