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Italian PM Considers New Curbs After Regions Tighten Restrictions

  • 15,199 new cases reported Wednesday, up 40% from Tuesday
  • Milan, surrounding Lombardy region start curfew Thursday
A near-empty restaurant in piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, on Oct. 20.
A near-empty restaurant in piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy, on Oct. 20.Photographer: Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images
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Italy reported record new coronavirus infections on Wednesday as Rome and Milan, the country’s political and financial capitals, prepare for a night-time curfew.

New cases rose by 15,199, a 40% increase compared to Tuesday and well above the previous record of 11,705. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he cannot rule out further regional curbs as the country faces an accelerating pandemic.