Italy: PM Conte questioned over handling of coronavirus lockdowns

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was questioned by prosecutors in Rome on Friday over his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in two towns in northern Italy's Lombardy region. The Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza and the Italian Minister of Interior Luciana Lamorgese also attended the meeting in Palazzo Chigi. «The audits took place in an atmosphere of complete dedication and collaboration. Now we are leaving in order to complete our report. We are thanking the people involved for the answers they provided to us,» said lead prosecutor Maria Cristina Rota following the hearing. The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, was particularly aimed at understanding why the lockdown around areas considered to be part of a critical contagion zone was delayed.

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