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Thanks to falling infection numbers, Italy can relax its anti-Covid requirements. As of Sunday, none of the 20 Italian regions will be classified as a red zone, the Ministry of Health announced. Partial lockdowns will therefore not apply in any region from Sunday.

Only South Tyrol, Umbria, Apulia, Sicily and Sardinia were classified as orange. As a rule, people should not leave their places there. Restaurants and bars are not allowed to serve guests at the table; only occasional out-of-home sales are allowed. All other regions will be yellow from Sunday. This also applies to Lombardy, the region hardest hit by the epidemic, which was still partially locked down last week.

The President of the Supreme Health Council (ISS), Silvio Brusaferro, spoke of a slight decrease in the death rate as a result of the coronavirus. “The situation in the intensive care units is easing. The average age of the patients who are admitted to hospital because of Covid 19 is over 70 years,” commented Brusaferro.

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