Italy plans to ease lockdown restrictions gradually

Published on : Thursday, April 9, 2020

After numerous days of battling the coronavirus pandemic, Italy might look to ease some of its highly strict lockdown restrictions towards the end of April. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte mentioned that the lockdown in Italy that is in place since March 9, can be gradually eased by the end of this month.



In his address, the country’s prime minister called upon Europe once again, to provide necessary help to the country that is being considered as the epicentre of the continent’s outbreak.



He mentioned that lockdown measures in Italy can be gradually relaxed if scientists and responsible authorities confirm and gives allowance to perform the action. He also informed that the lockdown would be lifted in a gradual manner and selected sectors would slowly begin to restart their activity.



The decision comes as Italy looks to have overcome the worst days in terms of daily infections and deaths from the coronavirus disease. However, recent hopes of a peak elsewhere in Europe have been dashed in recent days.



According to the Italian Civil Protection Agency, the country recorded 542 deaths on Wednesday. Although the number continues to be a lot, the daily death toll appears to have come down by a noticeable number as compared to the peak of 919 deaths on March 27. But it can certainly be mentioned that Italy is still not free from the clutches of COVID-19. Daily figures might be slowly reducing but positive coronavirus cases continues to take its toll on the country.



Italy has been the worst-hit country in the world. According to reports nearly 17,699 people have died from the coronavirus in the country. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Italy including death and recovered cases is 139,422 approximately.



Prime Minister Conte further added in his statement that behind the numbers of those effected are names and surnames as well as life stories and broken families. He declared that the Italian nation is suffering with what can be recalled as the worst ever crisis faced by the country.



Italy has been extremely strong with its healthcare measures and testing regime as compared to many other countries in the world. Prime Minister Conte, alongside other European nations has been constantly urging Europe to issue joint bonds as a way to help restart the region’s economy. He mentioned that if leaders does not act fast, the European project might be having the risk of failing.



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