Italy, currently under a strict quarantine, remains the most COVID-19-affected European nation, with over 70,000 confirmed cases and 7,505 deaths.

Italy rejected the draft of the EU’s economic plan designed to tackle the aftermath of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The refusal came in a statement made by Italian PM Giuseppe Conte during a video-conference with EU leaders on Thursday, according to Il Tempo citing national government sources.

The PM gave Brussels ten days to come up with an ‘adequate solution’, but did not comment on what action would be taken if the EU fails to suggest one, according to Reuters.

Italy’s previous offer for several EU countries such as Germany, the Netherlands and others to issue joint debt amid the pandemic was rejected, Financial Post reports. 

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Italy has received humanitarian and medical aid from Russia beginning last week, an action praised by the Italians across the nation. Russian military specialists arrived in Bergamo, where an Italy-Russia coronavirus response centre is now deployed, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. 

Italy is severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak with over 74,000 cases of infection and at least 7,505 fatalities registered, according to World Health Organization data.



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