Italy will ease lockdown over next four weeks, local media reports

Italy will start lifting the longest coronavirus lockdown in Europe over subsequent four weeks, Italian media said today.

The Corriere della Sera newspaper said some manufacturing could resume as soon as Monday, April 27 as long because the infection rate doesn't worsen again.

Building sites and therefore the textile and fashion industries could re-open May 4, followed by shops including clothes stores on May 11.

Finally, bars, restaurants and hairdressers could begin to welcome customers again on May 18, it's reported. the govt has not confirmed the plans.

It comes as deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 420 on Friday, the littlest daily tally since Saint Joseph , the Civil Protection Agency said, but the amount of latest infections rose to three ,021 from 2,646 on Thursday.

Friday's price was down from 464 the day before.

Italy has been under a nationwide lockdown since March 9, longer than the other European country .

'The next four Mondays will mark the country's reopening,' the newspaper said.

Other Italian media said that bars and restaurants could reopen a while 'in the last half of May'.

The country's gradual reopening are going to be amid strict hygiene measures and continued social distancing.

Shops with a area of 40 square metres or less are going to be allowed just one customer at a time.

Bars and restaurants will need to keep a distance of 1 metre between customers who will preferably not be seated in air conditioned spaces where viruses spread more easily.

The government ordered all shops apart from pharmacies and grocery stores to shut on March 12.

Italy's infection rate and death rate have both fallen from their peaks in late March, when health officials were regularly recording quite 700 deaths per day.

Cases are increasing by but two per cent for the last six days, with yesterday's total of two ,646 bringing the entire to 189,973.

Italy says it's administered quite 1,000,000 tests and a few regions have begun testing for signs of immunity.

Officials have spoken of a 'phase two' during which Italy learns to 'live with the virus' until a vaccine or effective treatment is developed.

Italy has opened a couple of outlets including bookstores on an attempt basis, although not every region has chosen to implement these measures.

Lombardy is among those choosing to remain completely shut, after recording quite 70,000 of Italy's total cases.

A document thanks to be discussed by Italy's cabinet today forecasts an economic contraction of 8.0 per cent this year, although that doesn't include the impact of emergency economic measures.

The paper estimates that GDP declined by 5.5 per cent within the half-moon from the previous three months, which this may be followed by a ten .5 per cent drop by the second quarter.

It projects a rebound of 9.6 per cent within the third quarter and growth of three .8 per cent within the last three months of the year.

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