UK coronavirus LIVE: additional trains to bring commuters back to work in England while lockout has been relaxed in Italy

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Here is the latest news from Italy, which today takes a big leap forward from its own lock:

Italy was the first country in Europe to impose nationwide restrictions when the cases of Covid-19 began to surface in northern regions in February.

But it started easing those measures earlier this month, allowing factories and parks to reopen on May 4.

Today, shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, hairdressers and museums are part of the commercial and cultural activities that can resume their activity.

Gyms and swimming pools are expected to reopen next week, and travel between regions and Italy from abroad will be allowed from June 3.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte acknowledged that reopening the economy poses the risk of new coronavirus outbreaks, but said “we have to accept it.”

He said the national foreclosure that began in early March had brought “the expected results”, putting the country in a position to expand economic activity in the second phase of the reopening.

Conte said the country must accept the risks and open up before a vaccine is available.

But he said an extensive surveillance system is in place and that the government will intervene to close the areas in the event of new outbreaks.

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