Italy eases coronavirus lockdown, pays respects to more than 29,000 dead - ABC News

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Italy eases coronavirus lockdown, pays respects to more than 29,000 dead

Italy eases coronavirus lockdown, pays respects to more than 29,000 dead

Italians are strolling in the park, grabbing take-away cappuccinos and paying respects to the astonishing number of dead as the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic wakes from the continent's longest lockdown.

Italians strolled in the park, grabbed take-away cappuccinos and paid their respects to the astonishing number of dead as the European epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic gingerly woke up from the continent's first and longest lockdown.Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions of dollars for vaccine research as UN launches summit Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.Very large text size London: Deaths in one hard-hit Italian city skyrocketed nearly 570 per cent in March, in a further sign the coronavirus pandemic is claiming many more lives than official government figures suggest.Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions of dollars for vaccine research as UN launches summit Traffic in downtown Rome picked up, construction sites and manufacturing operations resumed, parks reopened and flower vendors returned to the Campo dei Fiori market for the first time since March 11.

Key points: In Italy, 49 per cent more people died in March than the average over the past five years There were 25,354 excess deaths registered from February 20 to March 31, at the height of Italy's outbreak Italy is planning to test 150,000 with a pilot antibody test and roll out a mobile contact-tracing application Greece, Portugal and Belgium also eased virus restrictions on Monday, with Britain poised to soon overtake Italy as the country with the most confirmed COVID-19 dead in Europe.Officially, 4.He doesn't expect to break even anytime soon, "but you have to take the risk at some point.4 million Italians were allowed to go back to work at construction sites, factories and manufacturing jobs deemed to be at lowest risk for contagion.Staff tend to a patient in the emergency COVID-19 ward at the San Carlo Hospital in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Deaths in the city of Bergamo near Milan surged 567 per cent in March compared with the 2015-2019 March average.Traffic increased in city centres, commuter and long-distance trains sold out and more people ventured out after restrictions on movement eased for the first time since Italy locked down on March 11.In Italy, mourners were able to attend funerals, but services were limited to 15 people and there was still no word on when Masses will resume."We are being careful, trying not to do too many things, but at least we are finally outside and breathing some fresh air," said Daniele Bianchi, as he strolled through Rome's Villa Borghese park.Restaurants scrubbed their floors in preparation for take-out service, but sit-down service was several weeks away.

Across the Tiber in Villa Sciara, Valerio Pileri stood by the stroller as his 2-year-old grandson scampered in the grass."It's a new page that we must write together, with trust and responsibility," Premier Giuseppe Conte said in a message to Italians.Nine other cities had death increases in March ranging from 120 per cent to 370 per cent higher than the average, according to the Italian National Institute of Statistics."He was going around and around again on the terrace with his bike, but it's not the same as the villa," Mr Pileri said.Protective masks were ubiquitous — even the Swiss Guards started wearing them at the Vatican — and were required on public transport and inside cafes, restaurants and gelato shops that opened for take-out service.(AP) People in hard-hit Spain ventured out for the first time in weeks for haircuts or food take-outs, but many small shops were still closed as owners worked on meeting strict health and hygiene guidelines.But not all businesses that could reopen did, a sign that some owners decided it wasn't worth it to serve a handful of customers or hadn't managed to implement new social distancing and hygiene standards.Deaths in Rome were actually down more than 9 per cent compared to the average.And any newfound sense of freedom was clouded by the first comprehensive reckoning of just how great a toll COVID-19 had taken.The Spanish government is turning up pressure on opposition parties to approve another extension of the country's state of emergency.The Spanish government is turning up pressure on opposition parties to approve another extension of the country's state of emergency.

Italians were allowed to travel on public transport, go out for food and visit parks for the first time since March 11.( AP ) The Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), Italy's national statistics agency, reported on Monday that 49 per cent more people died in March than the average over the past five years, with 25,354 excess deaths registered from February 20 to March 31 at the height of Italy's outbreak." Transport and Mobility Minister José Luis Ábalos anticipates a tough debate in parliament on the issue Wednesday.Of the 25,354 difference, about 54 per cent have been identified by health authorities as being caused by COVID-19, leaving about 11,600 other deaths unexplained.Since only 13,700 of those deaths were confirmed positive for the virus, Italy's official COVID-19 toll of 29,000 is likely off by more than 10,000.The other deaths likely involved infected people who were never tested or people who died as an indirect result of the pandemic because the hospital system collapsed in the north, ISTAT said.Ábalos says that without it all the sacrifices made so far will have been "pointless.For the first time in two months, Italians were able to honour some of those dead with funerals, though attendance was limited to 15 people.Only 2346 of the extra 5058 deaths were directly tied to coronavirus." The hairdresser Paco Martin lifts the closings of his hairdressing salon La Pelubreria after 51 days of closure due to coronavirus on May 4, 2020 in Madrid.

Cemeteries also reopened for visits, with mourners told to keep their distances from one another.(Getty) Leaders join forces in the quest for a vaccine French president Emmanuel Macron said he is confident that the United States will join a global pledge for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus."I feel a bit out of my comfort zone but my daughter is here, and as soon as the cemetery opened I came," said Paola Lazzaro as she visited her daughter's grave at Rome's Flaminio cemetery.In Milan, passengers on sold-out south-bound trains had their temperatures taken before they boarded, and commuter Gabriella Fusca said she felt safe making the trip to Rome.4 billion euros ($12."All the distances were respected.Everybody was wearing face masks," she said.The US, along with Russia, were notably absent from the event.The US, along with Russia, were notably absent from the event.

Loading..Germany's health minister said there are "promising" developments but warned that developing vaccines is one of the biggest challenges in medicine..Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala praised the commuters, saying access to the metro had to be blocked just a few times and some buses had to skip stops because they were too full to take on new passengers."It can also take years."Milanese behaved in a very diligent way," he said." Stuttering starts for economies around the globe On Europe's western edge, Iceland reopened many of its businesses after the country tamed its virus outbreak.

Luxury carmaker Ferrari relaunched production on Monday, after purchasing 800 blood tests for Ferrari employees and their families to use on a voluntary basis.India allowed some economic activities to resume after a five-week halt, even as the pace of infections has slightly accelerated.The company is also developing its own contact tracing system, so workers can determine if they have been in contact with anyone who tested positive.Italy is also planning to test 150,000 with a pilot antibody test and roll out a mobile contact-tracing application, but both initiatives are behind schedule and missed the start of the country's economic reboot.An estimated 1.In Greece, after 42 days of lockdown, people were no longer required to send an SMS or carry a self-written permit justifying why they were outdoors.Greece has been credited with keeping its number of deaths and critically ill down with its early lockdown, registering just 144 victims and 37 in intensive care.The mining, manufacturing and select retail sectors began reopening with up to 30 per cent of their workforce.The mining, manufacturing and select retail sectors began reopening with up to 30 per cent of their workforce.

Some businesses were also allowed to re-open, with hairdressers appearing among the most popular.Konstantina Harisiadi installed plexiglass barriers at the reception and manicure stations and a sign read "Silence is security" to discourage chit-chat and limit the potential for virus transmission.Russia reported a steady rise in the number of infections, fuelling concerns the nation's hospitals could be overwhelmed."Things are different.There's no spontaneity — we can't greet each other, speak, laugh.Russia's economy has been partially shut since late March, and lockdown measures have been extended through May 11.We're entering a new era," she said.US stocks rally after early dip Stock indexes were down slightly in afternoon trading on Wall Street Monday, as the market took a pause following its best month in decades.

The sentiment was shared in Italy.Airline stocks had some of the market's sharpest losses after famed investor Warren Buffett said he'd dumped all his shares in the four biggest US carriers."The future is a big question mark," said Gianni Berra as he served his first cappuccinos of the day to a take-out only customers in Rome."The normal welcoming bar environment will not be there anymore.But big tech stocks, whose momentum has been nearly unstoppable in recent years, continued to rally and helped the market trim its early losses." AP.

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