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Italy Extends Lockdown to May in Signal to European Business

  • Only a limited range of shops and companies are exempted
  • Prime minister names Vodafone ex-CEO to chart exit strategy
Tables sit empty in a closed restaurant in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan on April 8.
Tables sit empty in a closed restaurant in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan on April 8.Photographer: Francesca Volpi/Bloomberg
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Italy extended a national lockdown until May 3, rejecting calls by business leaders to allow a gradual restart of the economy.

The decision reflects a pattern playing out in many parts of Europe as health officials and politicians warn against letting up too early on restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus and avoid a second wave of infections.