Restrictions eased across Italy amid warnings against complacency

Rome, Feb 1, (efe-epa).- Most of the Italian population on Monday had the chance to toast the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with a leisurely coffee or drink on a cafe terrace although some experts warned that pandemic could run out of control if people became complacent.

As of Monday there are no regions classed as red zones in the country. The majority of the country is classed as a yellow zone, which involves much less restrictive rules, although the nighttime curfew remains in place.

Italian authorities on Sunday recorded the lowest number of daily deaths in the last three months — 237. The country has reported average daily infection numbers of around 12,000 to 15,000 in recent weeks, which, combined with the large crowds witnessed in Italy’s principal cities this weekend, became a cause for concern to some experts.

“If we pretend that nothing has happened and witness the scenes of crowds that we have seen, we will again lose control the epidemic,” Domenico Arcuri, the government’s commissioner on the Covid-19 health crisis, said. EFE-EPA


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