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Italian authorities became more stringent than before when the country entered its fifth week in captivity after a coronavirus pandemic. There is concern that people will feel satisfied, because the death rate from Covid-19 began to decline.
The Italians hope for that Coronavirus lockdown restrictions will be relaxed for Holy Week and Easter. But that will not happen. In fact, police checks are becoming increasingly stringent for fear that people will take advantage of good weather and sunshine and decide to go to the countryside or to the beach.
The civil defense ministry reported that although still high, at 525, the daily death rate fell to its lowest level in more than two weeks. But the authorities want to make sure the Italians continue their efforts: they have issued more fines to those found outside without a valid reason.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Health Minister Roberto Speranza and officials in the civil defense department stressed that now is the time to be more careful – to ensure downward curve stabilize. They have repeatedly repeatedly argued that restrictions on movement and the prohibition of public meetings produce the desired results.
The hospital is starting to breathe
Even the number of patients in intensive care units in the north has fallen. In Lombardy, the worst hit region, authorities said they no longer needed to move those who needed treatment to other areas.
Meanwhile, Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday at the Vatican, opening a Holy Sunday he had never seen: no crowds were seen in St. Peter’s Square and no palm leaves and olive branches waved faithfully.
A Pope Francis who was alone with a number of collaborators celebrated the service in the empty Basilica of St. Peter. His audience saw the program on television and streamed it on the Internet.
The Lonely Cross Station
There will be no difference for the rest of the week’s Holy Week service. They will all be held indoors except for one event on Good Friday, the day the Church remembered when Jesus died on the cross. Usually tens of thousands of people attend solemn processions by lighting candles in the ancient Colosseum of Rome.
This year, Pope Francis will celebrate the Stations of the Cross alone in front of the empty St. Peter’s Square, the same way he did last week when he delivered a extraordinary Urbi et Orbi message.
He told millions of faithful, watching on television and online, that at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, “We have realized that we are on the same boat, we are all fragile and confused, but at the same time important and necessary, all of us are called to to paddle together, each of us needs to cheer the other. “
All eyes and hopes will be on the Pope on Sunday for his Easter message to the world.
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