Italy to lift travel restrictions from June 3

Italy to lift travel restrictions from June 3
Italians can travel abroad and foreign visitors can enter the country from 3 June
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Daily US Times: Italy will allow travel to and from the country from 3 June as the country moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown measures.

It will allow travel between the regions from the same day – which has been restricted so far.

This is a major step for the country’s efforts to reopen the economy after more than two months of lockdown because of coronavirus.

Italy is the worst-hit country in Europe and its death toll is one of the highest in the world, but its infection rate has fallen sharply in recent days. More than 31,600 people have died there from the coronavirus, the third highest figure behind the US and UK.

It was the first country in Europe to announce a nationwide lockown when coronavirus cases began to surface in northern regions in February.

But from earlier this month, it began to relax those measures, when it allowed parks and factories to reopen on 4 May.

On Saturday a decree, allowing the travel, was published which was signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Some Italian regions had called for a swifter easing of restrictions, but to avoid a second wave of cases, Prime Minister Conte said they would be relaxed gradually.

Restaurants and shops are also due to reopen from 18 May providing social distancing is enforced.

All travel restrictions will then be lifted from 3 June.

Italy was once the global epicentre of the pandemic. Mr Conte’s announcement came shortly after the country reported a further decline in its daily death toll.

On Friday, Italy reported 262 deaths, while it reported more than 900 deaths in 27 March. Earlier this week, the government approved a €55bn (£48bn; $59bn) stimulus package designed to offset the economic impact of the pandemic on businesses and families.

Meanwhile, other Europen countries also continued to report decreasing daily death tolls, as lockdowns begin to ease. Greece, Portugal and Spain are among the countries to have relaxed their measures.

The largest economy the Europe, Germany, has fallen into a recession after reporting a 2.2% decline during the first three months of this year, spurred by the pandemic.

In the United States, President Donald Trump has promised that the country will reopen “vaccine or no vaccine”. He announced an objective to deliver a coronavirus jab by year end.

The UK government says infection rate has crept up and is now closer to the point where the virus starts spreading rapidly. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 4.5 million cases of coronavirus have now been reported globally.

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