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Italy Clears 25 Billion-Euro Spending Plan to Fight Virus

  • New measures to boost health sector, help businesses, families
  • Finance minister sees leveraging 340 billion euros in funding
A woman walks in an empty Piazza Venezia as Italian government continues restrictive movement measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Rome, on March 15.

A woman walks in an empty Piazza Venezia as Italian government continues restrictive movement measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak in Rome, on March 15.

Photographer: Christian Minelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images

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Italy’s government approved a 25 billion-euro ($28 billion) package to support its strained health system while helping businesses and families counter the economic impact of Europe’s worst coronavirus outbreak.