On Monday, about 4.5 million Italians returned to work.
On Monday, about 4.5 million Italians returned to work. Italy’s social distancing measures are easing after the world’s longest lockdown, which began on March 9.
The construction industry, wholesale and some manufacturing companies welcomed their workers on Monday.
Other aspects of Italian life are back to normal. Parks can be reopened with social distance action and people can move 200 yards beyond their homes. Restaurants will now reopen their take-out services.
There will be many social outreach activities. Individuals should carry documentation explaining why they are outside their homes.
Italy was one of the first Western countries to be affected by COVID-19 infection. It quickly became the global epicentre of the crisis.
With high levels of smoking and one of the world’s oldest populations, the country was particularly vulnerable to the worst effects of COVID-19.
Currently, Italy has the 5th highest mortality rate in the world, 49 deaths per 100,000.
In February and March, the outbreak devastated Italy. Northern Italy is far more devastated than the poor southern region. Lombardy, which includes the northern Italian city of Milan, has a mortality rate of 143 per 100,000.
In the first week of April, the number of new infections and deaths across the country began to plateau. Since that week, the numbers have dropped drastically.
While the declining numbers suggest the country has passed its worst epidemic, there is concern that the reopening of the region will lead to a net increase in infections and deaths. The long-standing concern is that the virus may return to a cycle site.