Italy and Spain relax measures as they embark on a slow return to some kind of normality

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Italy and Spain – which have been the hotspots for the coronavirus – have relaxed measures after recording their lowest daily number of deaths for weeks, although both countries reported an increase in fatalities on Monday.

Italy has started on a slow return to normality despite fearing a resurgence of the infections. The country has the world’s second-highest number of Covid-19 deaths.

Relatives can be reunited with their families, factories will be allowed to begin operations, and construction work can also resume. Some restaurants and cafes will also be allowed to open for takeaways.

In Spain, they have managed to reduce the daily increase of the virus infections by 0.16% from 35% in mid-March following strict lockdown. On Monday, people were allowed to go out for hair cuts and food takeout for the first time, though many small shops still remain closed as owners work on meeting the strict health and hygiene guidelines.

Under lockdown only adults were allowed to leave home to get essentials and to walk dogs close to home.

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