Italy: Millions allowed to return to work, ‘Its a new page we must write,’ PM to civilians

Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy on Monday as the country’s longest lockdown started to ease.

Italy, the most corona affected European country with one of the world’s highest death tolls, started stirring after its two-month shutdown.

Its a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians.

In all, 4.4 million Italians were able to return to work, and restrictions on movement eased.

Construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since 11 March.

Its something that brings happiness and joy, and people have been missing that these days, a vendor Stefano Fulvi told news agency.

There is still no word on when Masses will resume in the country.

Total deaths from Italy’s coronavirus outbreak stands at 28,884, and at least 210,717 people have tested positive for the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data. At least 81,654 people in Italy have recovered from the virus.

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