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Hard-hit parts of Italy set for lockdown

taly’s Campania region, based on the southern city of Naples, said on Friday it was set to impose a lockdown to stamp out a surge in Covid and urged the national government to follow suit.

Daily infections have risen six-fold across Italy since the start of the month, hitting a record 16,079 on Thursday, raising fears that the pandemic is racing out of control in a country which already has one of the highest death tolls in the world. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said he wants to avoid the sort of rigid, nationwide lockdown introduced in March when the disease first flared. He is largely leaving it up to regional leaders and mayors to decide how best to respond.