The Italian prime minister said the country was the worst of the global pandemic – and that they could not afford to wait for a vaccine to start the economy.
Giuseppe Conte told Italian politicians that banks must now move toward “speeding up procedures for providing state-backed loans” to help make the country’s economy run after corona virus the plague.
During a meeting with lawmakers, Mr Conte said: “We can say that the worst is behind us … we cannot stop waiting for vaccines, otherwise we will find ourselves with a disrupted society and an irreparable production system. “
He also urged Italians to take their vacations in Italy rather than going abroad – even though they had to stay alert.
“In this phase, more than ever before, [you must have] respecting safe distance and if necessary the use of masks remains fundamental, “he said.” This is not the time for parties, nightlife, and gatherings. “
On Monday, Italy began to loosen lockdown rules and allows shops, bars, cafes and restaurants to reopen, as long as people stay within two meters of each other.
Museums, beaches and church services have also been restarted, including public services at the Vatican.
Italy began lifting locks on May 4, when it allowed factories and parks to reopen.
Lockdown in Italy began in February, when parts of the worst-affected region of Lombardy began to be quarantined. It was expanded to the entire country on March 9.
The country still has the sixth highest number of cases in the world, with more than 227,000 people reportedly infected.
A total of 32,330 people have died after contracting the virus, the third highest number in the world.
Britain currently has the second highest total with more than 35,000 deaths while the US has the most, with more than 93,000 deaths.
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