Millions return to work In Italy after a partial lifting of strict lockdown

About 4.5 million Italians are returning to work Monday as Italy — one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19 — begins a partial lifting of strict coronavirus lockdown

Italy has lost nearly 29,000 people because of the coronavirus, second only to the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 210,000 people in the country have been infected.

Italy was one of the first countries to be racked by the disease. The government imposed strict lockdown policies on March 9, earlier than many countries started responding.

The construction sector, wholesale and certain manufacturing companies started welcoming workers back to work Monday, as Poggioli reported.

Many other aspects of Italian life will inch closer to normal. Restaurants are able to reopen, though they can prepare meals for takeout only. Parks can reopen with social distancing measures, and people can move beyond 200 yards from their home, among other activities.

“There’s both eager anticipation and outright fear of the unknown,” Poggioli reported. “There’s really still lots of anxiety because the reopening is going to place a lot more responsibility on individuals. They’re going to have to weigh personal decisions based on health risk, psychological well-being and economic needs.”

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