Italy recorded 119 fatalities from the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 32,735, while the number of patients continues to decline, according to the latest Civil Protection data.
The current number of infected people is 57,752, most of whom are at home, which represents a reduction of 1,570 compared to Friday, confirming the reduction trend that started a month ago.
In total, Italy has recorded 229,327 infections since the beginning of the crisis on 21 February, with 669 new cases detected in the last hours, in line with the previous days and most of which in Lombardy (in the north of the country) , which is the region most affected.
In the last 24 hours, more than 2,120 recovered people are registered, with a further 72,410 tests being carried out, for a total of almost 3.4 million.
The region of Sicily, in the south, did not register, for the first time, any case of contagion since Friday, among the 2,500 tests carried out, and in Lazio (center), with capital in Rome, only 18 new infections were registered, the lowest number since March 10.
In this context, Italy continues the process of gradually lifting some of the social restrictions and the displacement of people imposed on 10 March throughout the territory.
Currently, and since May 18, practically all productive sectors and businesses can reopen, under security measures such as wearing a mask and maintaining a social distance of at least one meter. On Monday, gyms and sports centers will open, with the exception of those located in the Lombardy region, where, as a precaution, this will only happen from the 1st of June.
Regarding the reopening of these establishments, the Ministry of Sports recommends, among other aspects, reducing the capacity of gymnasiums, constant disinfection of spaces and the installation of waste bins for potentially infected objects, such as handkerchiefs and masks.
It is also recommended the definition of differentiated entry and exit zones and the use of gloves and mask is required and the maintenance of a safety distance of two meters during the exercise practice, calling for the used accessories not to be shared in the exercises. Sportsmen must arrive at gyms already equipped and will not be able to share objects such as hairdryers or bottles.
With regard to beaches, since 18 May in Italy travel to the coastal zone is permitted, provided that this does not involve crossing from one region to another and security measures such as the prohibition of the practice of sports and group games and the imposition of a space of 10 square meters for each parasol.
Although the different regions have determined different dates for reopening depending on their epidemiological situation, many private concessions have not yet opened because they are preparing their respective infrastructure.
Thus, if for example in Emilia-Romagna (in the north) the opening of the beaches was determined today, in the Marche (center) this will happen from the 29th, in the Abruzzo (center) this will happen on the 1st of June and in Apúlia already next Monday.
According to local media, on the Mondello beach in Palermo, the Sicilian capital, a large number of people were today sunbathing on the sand, despite local regulations only authorizing it from 6 June.
From 3 June onwards, travel between regions will be allowed and the borders will be reopened to tourists from the European Union, without the need to go through a quarantine period.
This measure aims to boost tourism activity in Italy at the height of the summer, or this sector would not represent 13% of the country's gross domestic product.
Globally, according to a report by the news agency "France-Presse", the Covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 339 thousand deaths and infected more than 5.2 million people in 196 countries and territories. More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.
The disease is spread by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.