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A technician sets up a livestream in Rome’s empty Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo church on Sunday. Italy’s prime minister has announced a gradual ending of restrictions in the hard-hit country. Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images hide caption

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Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that his country will soon begin the process of re-opening its economy after undergoing the longest novel coronavirus lockdown anywhere to date.

In a nationwide television address, Conte said that beginning May 4, Italians would be allowed to use parks, visit relatives and attend funerals as part of a phased plan for lifting restrictions as the daily number of new COVID-19 cases trends downward from a peak of 6,557 on March 21.


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