Italy will lift a requirement that people wear face masks outdoors from June 28, the government said late on Monday, as Covid-19 cases and hospitalisations decline.
Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization's (WHO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
Undertakers protested on Friday against a massive backlog of coffins building up at Rome cemeteries, saying city authorities were failing to cope with a surge of coronavirus deaths.
The coronavirus crisis in Italy is depriving around 700,000 children of sufficient food, the country's main farmers' organisation said on Sunday.
Italy will start reopening its manufacturing industry on May 4 as part of plans to ease its coronavirus lockdown, and schools will reopen in September
Deaths from the Covid-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 482 on Saturday, the lowest daily increase since April 12, while the number of new cases was stable at 3,491, the Civil Protection Agency said.