Conte apologises to Italians as lockdown nears end

Rome (AFP) – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte apologised to Italians on Friday for their economic hardships and promised a brighter future once the lockdown lifts.Italy will begin to emerge from the world’s longest coronavirus shutdown on Monday and see whether two months of containment were enough to avoid a new contagion wave.The Mediterranean country’s death toll has officially reached 28,236 — second only to the United States — but its daily infection rates are back down to levels last seen in early March.The length of Italy’s lockdown means its economy is on course to contract more sharply…

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