Italy shuts all non-essential factories as death toll rises by almost 800 in a day

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Italy has shut all non-essential factories after recording another record coronavirus toll that brought its fatalities to 4,825.

“The decision taken by the government is to close down all productive activity throughout the territory that is not strictly necessary, crucial, indispensable, to guarantee us essential goods and services,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a dramatic late-night TV address.

The Italian leader stressed that groceries and pharmacies would remain open and did not spell out what “indispensable” companies were.

“We will slow down the country’s productive engine, but we will not stop it,” Conte said.

-Noah Harte