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'Family is sacrosanct in Italy, but the fabric of life is now loosened and won't recover quickly'

Hugo McCafferty


 

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

After five weeks of lockdown, more than 22,000 deaths and some 170,000 positive cases of coronavirus it seems Italy is preparing for phase two. However, what that will look like is anyone's guess.

There can be no cause for celebration or even to breathe a sigh of relief as the situation remains serious and the threat of an even worse outbreak remains very real.

The danger is still a spread of the disease to the south on the same scale the north has experienced.