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Italy COVID Cases Jump After Italians Were Too Quick to Celebrate an End to Lockdown

Italy COVID Cases Jump After Italians Were Too Quick to Celebrate an End to Lockdown

CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Italy
VENICE—If the coronavirus pandemic has taught Italians anything, it’s that the cost of being too close can be too high. Italy, with a population of just over 60 million, has logged more than 221,000 cases and 30,000 deaths since the outbreak began February 25. Unlike the United States, which has clearly chosen economic viability over human life, Italy and many other European countries have had a different approach, focusing on science and restraint—at least until now. But three months into the pandemic, as the first glimpses of post-lockdown liberation coincide with warm spring nights, many in the hardest hit areas seem to have forgotten what just happened and hope to go back to the same kind of socializing as before. Monday, the COVID-devastated region of Lombardy saw a spike in...