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Italian families to get £1,000 for childcare as part of package to restart economy



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Families in Italy will be given more than £1,000 towards child care costs under a near-£50 billion package of state aid announced to help the country’s economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.

The handout is intended to help pay for assistance including babysitting and places for their children in summer reception centres.

It forms part of a package unveiled by prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who told citizens: “Your cry of alarm didn’t escape us.”

Others who will benefit from the cash injection include hotel and private beach owners, who will be exempted from their next round of property taxes.

Italy: Coronavirus – In pictures

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Rome’s Town Hall is lit up with the colours of the Italian flag to show solidarity with the country as it continues to battle coronavirus

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A woman wearing a protective mask walks outside Castel Sant’Angelo, as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome

Reuters

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Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli prepares for the ”Music for hope” event, a streamed live performance intended as a symbol of love, hope and healing amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

via Reuters

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Grand Canal is virtually deserted after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown in an unprecedented clampdown aimed at beating the coronavirus, in Venice, Ital

Reuters

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This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2020 using handout satellite images released by 2020 Planet Labs shows boats in the waters off of San Marco square (C) in Venice, Italy (top) and nearly empty waters off of San Marco square on March 18, 2020, during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak

Planet Labs via AFP

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Faithful watch Pope Francis deliver the Angelus prayer on a giant screen, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican,

AP

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A man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in Rome

AFP via Getty Images

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Martina Papponetti, 25, an ICU nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait at the end of her shift

AP

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A deserted San Marco square

AFP via Getty Images

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Newlyweds Diego Fernandes, 46 and Deni Salgado, 30, kiss through protective face masks at a wedding ceremony with only witnesses and no guests, as public gatherings are banned as part of Italy’s lockdown measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Naples, Italy

Reuters

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Nuns wearing protective masks and gloves pray during Easter Sunday Mass at Duomo di Napoli Cathedral, as Italy remains on lockdown to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Naples, Italy

Reuters

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The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan was also deserted

AFP via Getty Images

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Soldiers patrol past an empty restaurant in the Trastevere district of Rome

AFP via Getty Images

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A general view of PIazza Duomo

Getty Images

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A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

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Inmates stage a protest against new rules to cope with coronavirus emergency, including the suspension of relatives’ visits, on the roof of the San Vittore prison in Milan, Italy,

AP

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The passenger information board in Terminal 5 departures at Heathrow Airport as British Airways has announced that it has cancelled all flights to and from Italy which were scheduled

PA

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A view of a market amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Vintimiglia, Italy,

Reuters

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Police officers and soldiers check passengers leaving from Milan main train station

AP

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A satellite image shows the Milan Duomo before the coronavirus in Milan, Italy

via Reuters

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A satellite image shows the Milan Duomo during the coronavirus in Milan, Italy

via Reuters

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A general view of PIazza Duomo

Getty Images

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Two girls pose in Piazza Duomo holding signs dedicated to March 8th women’s day

Getty Images

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The Navigli district of Milan, one of the area of night life in Milan, is almost deserted after most bars were closed by the last decisions of the government trying to face the coronavirus emergency

AP

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Cars cross the Italian – Swiss border at the Ponte Chiasso customs post between Como and Chiasso, north of Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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The Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. The match was played to a closed stadium as a measure against coronavirus contagion

AP

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Two foreign tourists talks to each other in a completely empty San Marco Square

Getty Images

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A man looks at an emptY shelf at a supermarket in Milan, Italy

AP

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A tourist pose for a picture in front of the empty Spanish Steps downtown Rome

AFP via Getty Images

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Life inside a red zone: Carabinieri military police check documents of a man wearing a protective mask in a car at the checkpoint in San Fiorano

via Reuters

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Life inside a red zone: A stop sign is seen on a blocked road in San Fiorano, on the 17th day of quarantine in one of the 11 small towns in northern Italy that has been on lockdown since February

via Reuters

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A deserted cafeteria restaurant is pictured at a gas station and service area of the E70 – A21 highway in Stradella, south of Pavia, south-western Lombardy, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

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An empty parking lot is pictured at a gas station and service area of the E70 – A21 highway in Stradella, south of Pavia, south-western Lombardy, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

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A general view of Via Corsico

Getty Images

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An empty road leading to Linate Airport in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

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Rome’s Town Hall is lit up with the colours of the Italian flag to show solidarity with the country as it continues to battle coronavirus

Reuters

2/35

A woman wearing a protective mask walks outside Castel Sant’Angelo, as Italy tightens measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome

Reuters

3/35

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli prepares for the ”Music for hope” event, a streamed live performance intended as a symbol of love, hope and healing amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

via Reuters

4/35

Grand Canal is virtually deserted after a decree orders for the whole of Italy to be on lockdown in an unprecedented clampdown aimed at beating the coronavirus, in Venice, Ital

Reuters

5/35

This combination of pictures created on March 19, 2020 using handout satellite images released by 2020 Planet Labs shows boats in the waters off of San Marco square (C) in Venice, Italy (top) and nearly empty waters off of San Marco square on March 18, 2020, during the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak

Planet Labs via AFP

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Faithful watch Pope Francis deliver the Angelus prayer on a giant screen, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican,

AP

7/35

A man wearing a protective mask passes by the Coliseum in Rome

AFP via Getty Images

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Martina Papponetti, 25, an ICU nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait at the end of her shift

AP

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A deserted San Marco square

AFP via Getty Images

10/35

Newlyweds Diego Fernandes, 46 and Deni Salgado, 30, kiss through protective face masks at a wedding ceremony with only witnesses and no guests, as public gatherings are banned as part of Italy’s lockdown measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Naples, Italy

Reuters

11/35

Nuns wearing protective masks and gloves pray during Easter Sunday Mass at Duomo di Napoli Cathedral, as Italy remains on lockdown to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Naples, Italy

Reuters

12/35

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping mall in Milan was also deserted

AFP via Getty Images

13/35

Soldiers patrol past an empty restaurant in the Trastevere district of Rome

AFP via Getty Images

14/35

A general view of PIazza Duomo

Getty Images

15/35

A general view shows a deserted terminal at Milan-Malpensa airport in Ferno, northwest of Milan, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

16/35

Inmates stage a protest against new rules to cope with coronavirus emergency, including the suspension of relatives’ visits, on the roof of the San Vittore prison in Milan, Italy,

AP

17/35

The passenger information board in Terminal 5 departures at Heathrow Airport as British Airways has announced that it has cancelled all flights to and from Italy which were scheduled

PA

18/35

A view of a market amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Vintimiglia, Italy,

Reuters

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Police officers and soldiers check passengers leaving from Milan main train station

AP

20/35

A satellite image shows the Milan Duomo before the coronavirus in Milan, Italy

via Reuters

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A satellite image shows the Milan Duomo during the coronavirus in Milan, Italy

via Reuters

22/35

A general view of PIazza Duomo

Getty Images

23/35

Two girls pose in Piazza Duomo holding signs dedicated to March 8th women’s day

Getty Images

24/35

The Navigli district of Milan, one of the area of night life in Milan, is almost deserted after most bars were closed by the last decisions of the government trying to face the coronavirus emergency

AP

25/35

Cars cross the Italian – Swiss border at the Ponte Chiasso customs post between Como and Chiasso, north of Milan

AFP via Getty Images

26/35

The Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Juventus at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy. The match was played to a closed stadium as a measure against coronavirus contagion

AP

27/35

Two foreign tourists talks to each other in a completely empty San Marco Square

Getty Images

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A man looks at an emptY shelf at a supermarket in Milan, Italy

AP

29/35

A tourist pose for a picture in front of the empty Spanish Steps downtown Rome

AFP via Getty Images

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Life inside a red zone: Carabinieri military police check documents of a man wearing a protective mask in a car at the checkpoint in San Fiorano

via Reuters

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Life inside a red zone: A stop sign is seen on a blocked road in San Fiorano, on the 17th day of quarantine in one of the 11 small towns in northern Italy that has been on lockdown since February

via Reuters

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A deserted cafeteria restaurant is pictured at a gas station and service area of the E70 – A21 highway in Stradella, south of Pavia, south-western Lombardy, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

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An empty parking lot is pictured at a gas station and service area of the E70 – A21 highway in Stradella, south of Pavia, south-western Lombardy, in one of Italy’s quarantine red zones

AFP via Getty Images

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A general view of Via Corsico

Getty Images

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An empty road leading to Linate Airport in Milan

AFP via Getty Images

Restaurants and cafes will be able to use public pavements for free to put out tables so that can fit in more customers while complying with social distancing requirements.

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The moves follow the easing of some lockdown restrictions earlier this month as one of Europe’s worst affected countries seeks to edge slowly back closer to normality.

The country’s top-flight football clubs have also voted to resume their Serie A season on June 13, pending government approval.

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Elsewhere in Europe, research emerged in both France and Spain indicating that only about one in 20 of people in each country have so far been infected with coronavirus.

The results dash hopes of any rapid progress towards “herd immunity”, which requires around two thirds of a population to have developed antibodies through infection.

Meanwhile, Sweden has said that it will hire up to 10,000 more care workers in an attempt to address weaknesses in elderly care that have been revealed by the pandemic. About half of the country’s 3,460 coronavirus deaths have been among nursing home residents.

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