Italy begins to open its factories on May 4, as part of the exit measures, and plans to postpone the return to school in September, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced in an interview with La Repubblica newspaper.
“At the moment, we are working to authorize the reopening of a good part of the activities, from industry to construction,” said the head of government, noting that a plan to get out of isolation will be presented no later than next week.
The most mournful country of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, Italy was the first to impose general isolation of the population in early March.
Businesses need to comply with strict sanitary measures before they can be reopened, warns Giuseppe Conte, but some companies considered “strategic” – export-oriented – could reopen as early as next week, based on an authorization from the prefects.
The Prime Minister announced that the Government expects a reopening of school institutions in September and points out that studies show that the risk of contagion remains very high and that distance education is working well.
Italy recorded 26,384 deaths and 195,351 contaminations since the first cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the country, on February 21, according to the latest assessment published on Saturday by the Civil Protection.