The global tally of people affected with coronavirus has now crossed over 45 lakhs with over 3 lakh deaths. However, with an improvement in the number of people recovering from the virus, many countries are now lifting the lockdown restrictions and encouraging people to resume their lives.
Amidst this, Italy has become one of the first few countries to ease the lockdown as it witnessed a dip in the number of new cases and deaths in the past few days. The country might also soon resume domestic travel as well as international air travel to other European countries.
Italy and Spain were among the first epicentres of the pandemic in Europe, outside of China. The major spike that was witnessed in the month of March when the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared coronavirus a pandemic led Italy to induce lockdown and shut schools, restaurants, businesses and many other activities. The strict restrictions followed by its natives led to the country successfully controlling the spread of the virus.
Up until last month, the nation was in dire straits with confirmed cases rising rapidly and a surge in deaths as well. However, after months of battling COVID-19, Italy is now seeing a silver lining with only 800+ critical cases in the ICU.
Recoveries in Italy has jumped by a huge number in the last few days, bringing the nationwide total to 120,000+. Furthermore, the number of active infections fell to 70,000+, according to Italy’s Civil Protection Department.
During a press conference, Domenico Arcuri, the Coronavirus Emergency Commissioner in Italy with regards to the first week after easing lockdown restrictions said that “Italians have given the rest of the world a good example with their cautious and prudent attitude as they embarked on Phase Two of this emergency.”
“I think we’re on the right path as the curve of the infection has normalized, and I am certain we will be able to manage Phase Two as we did Phase One (meaning the lockdown)”, Arcuri said.
The country now has extra ventilators and will soon be independent of imports of personal protection equipment. Moreover, over 19 million surgical masks have been sold to the public in Italy and the Civil Protection Department has distributed 36.2 million masks to authorities in around 20 regions. These regions also have 55 million masks in their warehouses.
The timely lockdown and preventive measures taken by the authorities and the compliance by the general public has been instrumental in bringing the country back to its feet. Italy had suspended flights to China and declared a nationwide emergency when it recorded its first coronavirus case on January 31.