Data released by Italy’s Civil Protection Department showed that the peak of the virus appears to be over. And under the relaxed rules, Italians can visit relatives and move more freely in each region, according to The Local.
On Tuesday, Italian authorities said that 236 people died from the virus.
Italian officials, amid the downward trend in daily deaths, said that there would be a removal of limits on walks outside and exercise.
But the government’s website suggests it might not be as straightforward.
“You may leave your home only to go to work, for health reasons, out of necessity […], or to do sport or physical activity outdoors. Therefore, walks are allowed only if strictly necessary for a trip justified by one of the reasons just indicated,” says the government’s official FAQs on the new rules, according to a translation.
Also in Europe, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday that 29,427 people have died from COVID-19, meaning that the country has overtaken Italy. Some 693 deaths were reported in the most recent 24-hour period.
Raab stated at the daily UK government press briefing that a “real verdict on how countries have done” will not be fully available until the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic subsides, CNN reported. The UK is also expected to loosen restrictions.
“It’s now clear that the second phase will be different. We will need to adjust to a new normal,” Raab said on Tuesday. “We want to make sure that the next phase is more comfortable, is more sustainable,” he added. “But we need to be under no illusions, the next stage won’t be easy.”