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[En continu] Italy extends closures until April 30

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday announced a new confinement from this weekend, with closure of schools and many shops.

The Montreux Jazz Festival announced that it will be held anyway, in a particular configuration.

our follow-up of the day on Wednesday

■ Italy extends its closures

On Wednesday evening, Italian Council President Mario Draghi signed a decree extending the closures, including those of restaurants, shops and museums, until April 30.

The new decree makes vaccination compulsory for health personnel but keeps primary schools open and provides that flexible measures may be decided before the end of April in the event of an improvement in the health situation.

All the regions of Italy will remain, from April 7 to 30, either classified “red” or “orange”, while only the “yellow” classification allowed the opening of restaurants until 6 p.m. and greater mobility (here. below, the map, according to the site of the Italian government).

■ A health detour for the Olympic flame

The Olympic torch relay is expected to avoid metropolitan Osaka in western Japan due to a further rise in Covid-19 infections, the local governor and city mayor said on Thursday, according to reports. local media.

According to several Japanese media quoted by the AFP agency, Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura wants the stage of the Olympic torch relay in the city of Osaka to be canceled. “We believe that this falls into the category of non-essential outings and that crowds should be avoided in the city of Osaka,” he said according to the newspaper. Mainichi.

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