VERDUNO, CUNEO, ITALY – 2020/03/31: Medical workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are pictured outside Verduno hospital (Alba-Bra hospital).
The Italian government is ramping up spending plans “significantly” to mitigate the economic impact of the coronavirus, the country’s finance chief said, with the country’s death toll now surpassing 12,000.
Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe. The number of total infections has reached 105,792 with deaths at 12,428, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The southern European nation has been in lockdown since early March, meaning that most of its economic activity has stopped. People are only allowed outside of their house to buy food and medicine and there is no concrete date yet of when they will be allowed out. The Italian health minister said Wednesday that the lockdown measures will be extended until April 13.
Italy put forward a 25 billion euro ($27.35 billion) fiscal package last month to support…