People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

(dpa) – Italy’s public debt has reached a record high: Compared to the previous month, the increase in February was 36.9 billion euros (44.2 billion dollars), the Italian national bank Banca d’Italia announced on Thursday.

This puts the total debt of the public administration at about 2,643.8 billion euros, it said.

Italy recorded a further increase in debt in the pandemic-hit year 2020. Expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), public debt stood at 155.6 per cent, according to the Banca d’Italia.

In previous years, it remained at just over 134 per cent.

By comparison, Germany’s debt-to-GDP ratio was just below 60 per cent in 2019, according to the German Statistical Office (Destatis).

According to the Maastricht Treaty on the stability of the euro, total public debt should not exceed 60 per cent.

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