Italy’s government on Monday approved a decree pushing back with immediate effect a nightly coronavirus curfew to 11pm from 10pm and easing other curbs in the regions where infections are low, Reuters reports.
The prime minister Mario Draghi’s government agreed the curfew would begin at midnight from 7 June and be abolished altogether from 21 June in those areas, a statement said, in line with a plan to gradually relax restrictions across the country.
Italy, which has the second-highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe after the UK, has seen its daily deaths and cases decline in recent weeks, and more people are being vaccinated.
“The figures of the last few months have imposed difficult, sometimes painful choices, but today they give us reason for relief,” said the health minister Roberto Speranza.
As of Monday, some 8.8 million Italians, or 14.8% of the population, have been fully vaccinated, while slightly over 30% have received at least one dose.