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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Rome on April 16.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaks during a news conference in Rome on April 16. Remo Casilli/Pool/AP

Italy will see a gradual easing of Covid-19 restrictions starting April 26, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a news conference on Friday.

Students will attend classes at school in person in all yellow and orange zones, while students in red zones will partially follow classes online. Outdoor activities will be allowed to operate, such as restaurants and outdoor theaters.

Italy continues to classify regions under a color-coded system — white, yellow, orange and red — with measures adjusted to reflect infection levels in the region. Red zones are the most stringent classification of coronavirus restrictions in Italy, with severe limitations on movement. 

The Italian prime minister said that “the government is taking a risk, a reasoned risk based on data” but the premise to this risk is that every activity that reopens observes rules scrupulously such as social distancing and wearing masks.

Speaking at the same news conference, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said “it is much more difficult to get infected” in outdoor spaces than indoors. He added the increase in vaccinations will allow the government to “schedule further openings also for indoor activities.” 

The numbers: In the past day, Italy has seen a rise in cases by at least 15,943, which brings the total number of people infected to at least 3,842,079 since the pandemic started. At least 429 people died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in Italy to at least 116,366 since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to Silvio Brusaferro, president of the Higher Health Institute, on Friday, the contagion rate in Italy is down.

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