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Italy is to ease its coronavirus lockdown, the toughest and longest in Europe, over the next four weeks, media reported on Friday although there was no official confirmation.
"The next four Mondays will mark the country's reopening" following the lockdown implemented last month to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, the Corriere della Sera daily reported.
"Everything depends on the infection curve," the best-selling daily said, but if it doesn't rise again "factories making agricultural and forestry equipment can reopen on (Monday) April 27".
Building sites as well as the textile and fashion industry can restart on May 4, followed a week later by clothing, shoe and other shops.
Finally, bars, restaurants and hairdressers can reopen on May 18, the paper said.
Other Italian media said that bars and restaurants could reopen some time "in the second half of May".
The country's gradual reopening will be accompanied by strict hygiene measures and continued social distancing.
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