Italians are preparing for the first stage in lifting coronavirus restrictions on May 4 [Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters]

Turin, Italy – As Italy prepares to take the first step on Monday to lift the lockdown imposed nearly two months ago to stem the coronavirus pandemic, tensions are mounting.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has opted for a nationwide reopening, rather than lifting restrictions region by region, taking into account the distribution of infection clusters. And it’s a plan that is not without its critics. 

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“Thanks to the sacrifices done until today we have managed to contain the spread of the epidemic. This is a great result,” Conte said on Sunday.

“We are about to enter the phase of coexistence with the virus, and we need

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