Italy, France and Spain move towards new normality

Madrid Desk, Jun 2 (efe-epa).- Italy, France and Spain are moving towards post-virus normality as restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 are eased.

The countries have been gradually reopening from lockdown after bringing their infection rates under control.

ITALYItaly celebrated its national day on Tuesday as the nation recovers from one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

Celebrations are held every year to mark the anniversary of a referendum in 1946 after the fall of the country’s fascist regime and the end of World War Two.

President Sergio Mattarella called for unity among Italians during a visit to Codogno in the Lombardy region amid far-right protests.

Codogno has become the symbol of the pandemic in Italy after the first local Covid-19 infection was detected in the town on 21 February.

“This is a moment of commitment in which there is no room for controversy. We are all called to work for the country, doing our duty, each with his own,” he said.

Restrictions imposed at the beginning of March to slow the infection rate have been easing in the country, with museums and cultural sites the latest to reopen their doors ahead of the national day.

There have been more than 233,500 confirmed cases and 33,500 deaths in the country, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University in the United States.

FRANCEFrance began its second phase of de-escalation with bars and restaurants allowed to reopen and citizens allowed to travel freely around the country.

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