'Don't cry victory too soon': Pope Francis erges people to be careful as Italy gradualy lifts lockdown

'Don't cry victory too soon': Pope Francis erges people to be careful as Italy gradualy lifts lockdown

By Associated Press VATICAN: Pope Francis is cautioning people in countries emerging from coronavirus lockdowns to keep following authorities’ rules for COVID-19 containment. “Be careful, don’t cry victory, don’t cry victory too soon,” he said Sunday. Italy’s gradual easing of stay-at-home rules now allows the public to gather in St. Peter’s Square on Sundays for the pope’s noon blessing, and Francis was clearly delighted to see several hundred people gathered in the square below his window, standing safely either individually or as families. CLICK HERE FOR COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES Francis told…

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Italy, Vatican open new post-COVID lockdown phase with churches resuming public Masses

Italy, Vatican open new post-COVID lockdown phase with churches resuming public Masses

By Associated Press VATICAN CITY: Italy and the Vatican are opening a new post-lockdown phase in the virus emergency, with churches resuming public Masses after a sharp confrontation between the Italian government and the country’s bishops over worshiping in the era of coronavirus. Guards in hazmat suits took the temperature of the faithful entering St. Peter’s Basilica, where Pope Francis celebrated an early morning Mass for a handful of people in a side chapel to commemorate the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II. Across town, the Rev.…

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COVID-19 lockdown: Italy to lift travel restrictions from June 3

COVID-19 lockdown: Italy to lift travel restrictions from June 3

By IANS ROME: The Italian government has signed a decree that will allow travel to and from the country from June 3, as it moves to ease its coronavirus lockdown measures, it was reported on Saturday. The decree was signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday and published early on Saturday, the BBC reported. It will also allow travel between the regions, which has so far been tightly restricted, from the same day. Italy, one of the worst affected nations in the world, was the first country in Europe…

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Italy fears second coronavirus wave after gradual lockdown reopening

Italy fears second coronavirus wave after gradual lockdown reopening

By Associated Press ROME: Italian experts are warning a second wave of coronavirus infections will most certainly accompany Italy’s gradual reopening from Europe’s first lockdown. They are calling for intensified efforts to identify possible new victims, monitor their symptoms and trace their contacts Dr. Silvio Brusaferro, president of the Superior Institute of Health, briefed a Senate committee on Tuesday about the next phase of Italy’s coronavirus pandemic. He joined experts a day after 4.4 million Italians went back to work and restrictions on personal movement were eased for the first…

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COVID-19: Italy eases long lockdown, leaders push vaccine effort

COVID-19: Italy eases long lockdown, leaders push vaccine effort

By Associated Press ROME: Millions of people were allowed to return to work in Italy on Monday as Europe’s longest lockdown started to ease, while countries from Iceland to India took a patchwork of steps to loosen coronavirus restrictions. Businesses including hairdressers in Greece and restaurants in Lebanon were opening their doors under new conditions. With pressure growing in many countries for more measures to restart the economy, politicians also were trying to boost funding for research into a vaccine for COVID-19. There are hopes that one could be available…

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Italy to ease COVID-19 lockdown on May 4, distribute free masks to nursing home

Italy to ease COVID-19 lockdown on May 4, distribute free masks to nursing home

By Associated Press ROME: Italy will start distributing free protective masks to nursing homes, many of which have been devastated by coronavirus infections and deaths. Domenico Arcuri, the government’s commissioner for the pandemic, says that doing so is a “gesture of solidarity and nearness and support to these places ever more at the epicenter of this great crisis”. Arcuri says free masks also will be distributed to public officials, transport workers and police. Millions of Italians will be allowed to return to workplaces starting on May 4, when lockdown restrictions will…

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