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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte holds a press conference on Oct. 25 in Rome. Photo: Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced new coronavirus restrictions on Sunday that require face coverings be worn outdoors and mandate bars and restaurants close early.

Why it matters: Nearly 20,000 new cases were recorded in Italy on Saturday alone, per data from Johns Hopkins. COVID-19 infections began spiking dramatically in early October, after the country suppressed its first wave over the summer.

  • Earlier this month, Italy had banned parties, and recommended private gatherings not exceed six people, per the New York Times. The country had also ordered restaurants and bars to stop serving non-seated customers after 9 p.m.

Details: Under the restrictions announced on Sunday, gyms, movie theaters and pools will be closed for at least a month, AP reports.

  • Bars and restaurants must also close by 6 p.m. Most restaurants don't usually start serving dinner until at least 8 p.m., AP notes.
  • Children under the age of six and people exercising outdoors are except from the mask requirement.
  • The new restrictions are scheduled to remain until Nov. 24.

What they're saying: Hospital admissions and the number of patients in intensive care are rising alongside COVID-19 cases, as well as outbreaks detected at schools, Giovanni Rezza, director of the infective illness department at Italy's National Health Institute, said in a video statement on Friday.

  • "The epidemic is rapidly worsening," the health ministry added in its latest coronavirus weekly tracking report. The ministry also urged Italians to reduce contact with people outside their homes as much as possible.

The big picture: Spain and Italy, the European countries first hardest-hit by the coronavirus this spring, are again fighting the virus after flattening their infection curves this summer.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Sunday announced a new state of emergency to fight rising cases.
  • French President Emmanuel Macron also recently declared a state of health emergency and instated a curfew on some of the regions that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus.

Go deeper: In photos: Coronavirus restrictions grow across Europe

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Jan 30, 2021 - World

Science helps New Zealand avoid another coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand has avoided locking down for a second time over COVID-19 community cases because of a swift, science-led response.

Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

Jan 29, 2021 - Health

NYC set to restart indoor dining in February, weddings in March

Outdoor dining in New York City in January. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that if the current coronavirus positivity in New York City holds, indoor dining will reopen at 25% capacity on Feb. 14, one of the busiest dining days of the year.

Why it matters: The forced closure of indoor dining in December caused major backlash, as New York's struggling restaurant industry had already been hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Restaurants will still be required to close at 1o p.m.