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State of emergency following bridge collapse

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a 12-month state of emergency in the Liguria region in response to the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa, BBC says.

He also said he would make an initial €5-million available from central funds to the north-western region.

The regional government had requested the action following Tuesday's disaster, which left 39 people dead.

He also announced a national day of mourning would take place, which the government wanted "to coincide with the funerals of the victims".

The prime minister has said all infrastructure across the country will be double-checked in the wake of the collapse.

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