- The number of deaths of the new virus announced by the Italian authorities is 26,644, the highest in Europe.
- "If you're not vigilant, you'll get more infections and more fatalities. The economy will be irreversibly harmed," Conte said. "If you love Italy, let's stay away."
- Other countries, including Spain, have announced partial easing of restrictions.
Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced that he would relax the regulations imposed in the country seven weeks ago against the new coronavirus. The country reported 260 deaths on Sunday, the lowest number of deaths per day since mid-March. Mr. Conte said he would loosen regulations from May 4 and allow a small number of people wearing masks to visit relatives.
Public parks will also reopen, although schools will be closed until September. According to the statistics of Johns Hopkins University located in the United States, the number of deaths of the new virus announced by the Italian authorities is 26,644, the highest in Europe. The number of confirmed cases was 197,675, the second-largest in Europe after Spain.
However, the number of confirmed cases is declining, and the number of people infected from one case is decreasing. Therefore, the government decided that regulations could be relaxed carefully. Mr. Conte said:
“From 4 May the entire manufacturing sector will reopen, the entire building sector too and also the entire wholesale sector linked to the manufacture and the building sectors. This is a very important passage, but we are doing it with a very articulate and well-structured plan written in this new decree. We are allowing this reopening only under the condition that all companies will be strictly compliant with all security protocols.”
Conte said that Italy would enter the second stage of unlocking the country on that day. No announcement has been made regarding the resumption of the Italian football league Serie A, including the possibility of holding an inspected match. Conte said social distancing still had to be maintained for several months and instructed people to stay at least one meter away from others.
He also said that church worship would continue to be banned. “If you’re not vigilant, you’ll get more infections and more fatalities. The economy will be irreversibly harmed,” Conte said. “If you love Italy, let’s stay away.”
Italians have been living in their homes since the 9th of March, waiting an order to be issued. All people are not allowed to go outside their homes. Regulations were slightly relaxed on April 14, and small shops such as bookstores, laundry facilities, and stationery stores resumed operations. It was decided that such stores were less likely to be crowded and the risk was lower.
News reports in Rome explain the mitigation as a journey to reopen the economy and enjoy freedom for a country that has suffered a hellish disaster. However, it may take years for Italy to recover. If the infection spreads again, the Italian government has the authority to reintroduce regulations.
Measures in Other Countries
The Spanish government also announced partial easing. For the first time in six weeks, Spain allowed children to go outdoors. The country announced on the 26th that there were 288 deaths per day, the lowest in the past five weeks.
More states in the United States have loosened lockdown regulations. Tennessee, Colorado, and Montana states have allowed some shops to reopen. Republican governors of Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming never issued stay-at-home orders in the first place. According to the statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States (as of April, 27th ), more than 54,000 people have died of the new virus in the United States and more than 965,000 people have been infected.
In the UK, the government announced on the 25th that the number of confirmed deaths in hospitals exceeded 20,000. Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to the office today. Johnson was infected with the new coronavirus and was hospitalized on the 5th of this month. After spending three nights in the intensive care unit for one week at the hospital, he was discharged on the 12th and was resting at Chequers.