Italy to set up COVID victims day

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(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 17 – Italy is to set up a COVID victims
remembrance day on March 18 each year, according to a bill
approved by a Senate panel Wednesday.
    The bill was unanimously approved by the constitutional affairs
committee in the upper house in a process that bypasses approval
by the sitting parliament.
    March 18 was the day Italy saw its peak daily death toll of
almost 3,000 amid a raging epidemic in the north of the country
last year.
    On Thursday, March 18, Premier Mario Draghi will visit Bergamo,
the symbol of the early toll from the virus, to celebrate the
first national day of remembrance and mourning for the
coronavirus dead.
    A minute’s silence will be observed across the country.
    President Sergio Mattarella will also be in attendance. (ANSA).


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