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Italy to Extend State of Emergency to March 31 as Virus Cases Rise

  • Rome has used emergency authorization since start of pandemic
  • Opponents charge measures over-centralize power of the state
Visitors wait in an observation room at a Covid-19 vaccination center outside Rome's Termini railway station on Dec. 3.

Visitors wait in an observation room at a Covid-19 vaccination center outside Rome's Termini railway station on Dec. 3.

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg
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Italy will extend its government’s emergency powers until March 31 as the country faces a new rise in Covid-19 cases ahead of the Christmas holiday season.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet will agree as soon as Tuesday to extend the special powers, which were due to expire at the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be named as the decision hasn’t been made public.