Police patrol central Rome as Italy imposes tougher covid restrictions

Italian police patrolled central piazzas in Rome on Tuesday seeking to enforce new restrictions that have been brought in to combat the increase of coronavirus infection.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has given mayors the power to shut public squares from 9 p.m. to halt gatherings but so far Rome has not implemented any kind of lockdown.

Police checked people were wearing masks in the empty-looking squares and checked the 'rule of six' was being adhered to and no greater numbers of people were gathering.

Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit hard by covid-19 and has the second-highest death toll in the region after Britain, with 36,543 fatalities since the outbreak flared in February, according to official figures.

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