ROME | The crisis of the novel coronavirus in Italy “is not complete” warned Tuesday, on the occasion of the national day, the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, who has praised the “unity” of his country in the face of the epidemic.
While about 33 500 people died in three months of the COVID-19, now apparently under control, the celebrations of the Feast of the Italian Republic on June 2, takes place this year between “feelings of uncertainty and hope”, said Mr Mattarella.
“The crisis is not over and institutions such as the citizens still have to face its consequences and trauma (…)”, he warned.
The suffering of these last months “must not be brandished one against the other”, he pleaded, holding that it “would be unacceptable and unforgivable dispersal of this legacy, made of sacrifice, of pain, of hope and of need of trust in our people”.
“Italy in this emergency situation — has shown its best face,” said Mr Mattarella, saying it was “proud” of her country, and celebrating the “unit morale” of the Italians facing the virus, this “invisible enemy”.
This spirit of unity will be “the engine of the renaissance,” promised the head of State, the load to be honorary, but the guarantor of national unity, and whose remarks have been welcomed by many policy-makers.
A symbol of this “reboot”, the “Frecce Tricolori”, — the air patrol aerobatic, Italian —, were made Tuesday morning with an overview of Rome in a plume of smoke to the three national colours. In the beginning of the week, the “tricolour arrows” had flown over for a “message of hope and solidarity”, in several cities of the north, part of the peninsula, the most severely affected by the new coronavirus.
The president Mattarella was supposed to go Tuesday afternoon for a tribute to the memory of the victims of the COVID-19, in this same region of Lombardy, to Codogno, a place where had appeared for the first time in mid-February, the virus in Italy.
Still traumatized, but eager to return to normality as to revive its economy and the key sector of tourism, Italy déconfine gradually since the beginning of may. Shops, cafés and terraces have reopened, as well as the vast majority of the monuments and tourist sites: Saint Peter’s basilica, Pompeii, Colosseum, leaning tower of Pisa, cathedral of Milan and Florence, the Vatican museums, etc
Last step of this lifting of restrictions, the borders will re-open on Wednesday, as the Italians will once again be allowed to move freely between the regions.
According to the latest balance sheet, daily, official, 60 people died as a result of the COVID-19 these last 24 hours, 178 contamination, the lowest figure recorded since the 26th of February.