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Italy’s coronavirus lockdown leaves citizens in poverty and unable to rebound because of economic restrictions

Italy lifted its two-month-long lockdown on May 18. But, its impact will be felt for far longer, as the measure also caused the country’s worst economic downturn in 75 years. On March 8, the Italian government placed the northern parts of the country under cordon sanitaire; this was then extended nationally the next day. While the country has emerged from it last month, the lockdown has left many Italians struggling, with no means to regain lost incomes. Small business owners are faced with the challenge to reopen under heavy coronavirus restrictions. Meanwhile, the tourism and entertainment industries are fighting an uphill battle, given economic restrictions and a worldwide slump in demand.  Read more...



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