Italy to extend COVID-19 state of emergency to end of January - PM

FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks walk with their bikes on the street after the southern Italian island of Sicily made it mandatory for masks to be worn outdoors 24 hours a day, as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Catania, Italy, September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello reuters_tickers
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ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday said he would propose to parliament to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency to the end of January.

The state of emergency, which is originally due to expire in mid-October, gives greater powers to both regional and central government, making it easier for officials to bypass the bureaucracy that smothers much decision-making in Italy.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Editing by Alison Williams)

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