Coronavirus warning: up to 6 months before UK returns to normal – BBC News

The government’s senior medical advisers are warning that it could take six months before stringent coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to every household urging people to obey strict rules to contain the pandemic. Some care providers have said their frontline staff still lack essential protective equipment. Meanwhile the crisis is deepening around the world. Italy is facing a severe shortage of medical staff in its worst-hit northern regions. And a leading US government expert has warned that as many as 200,000 Americans could lose their lives. Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reports from Science Editor David Shukman, Home Editor Mark Easton, Europe Correspondent Jean Mackenzie and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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In This Story: Italy

Italy is a republic in central Europe which forms a peninsula in the Mediterranean Sea as well as bordering France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. The islands of Sardinia and Sicily form part of the main territory of Italy. Italy is part of the Eurozone, having entered the common currency on 1st January 1999.

The capital, Rome, is home to the Vatican as well as landmark art and ancient ruins. Other major cities include Florence, with Renaissance masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s “David” and Brunelleschi’s Duomo; Venice, the city of canals; and Milan, Italy’s fashion capital.

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