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Fauci says new mutation of coronavirus spreads quickly: report

The country’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday that a more infectious strain of the coronavirus may be emerging.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made the claim Thursday in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fauci said research suggests Italy was devastated by a different strain of the coronavirus than the one that originated in Wuhan, China.

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The main difference between the two, Fauci said, is that Italy’s version passes from person to person more effectively, making it even more difficult to contain.

“It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible,” says Fauci.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Thursday, July 2, 2020 a more infectious strain of the coronavirus may be emerging. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The study he references, which was released by researchers affiliated with the Sheffield COVID-19 Genomics Group, states that the new strain “has become the most prevalent form in the global pandemic.”

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However, the researchers also found no evidence that this new strain causes worse symptoms than the original.

As of Thursday, The United States had more than 2.7 million confirmed cases, the highest in the world.

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Christopher Columbus statue dismantled at Columbus City Hall

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A work crew removed the statue of Christopher Columbus from Columbus City Hall in Ohio on Wednesday, after it sat there for 65 years following a donation by the Italian city of Genoa.

The statue was taken off its pedestal before 6:30 a.m. and rotated to face City Hall. An hour or so later it was taken away on a flatbed truck, according to The Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Art Commission has reportedly been tasked with replacing the statue due to its jurisdiction over all city-owned art.

“We are just at the beginning of making that happen,” Diane Nance, chairwoman of the Commission, said. “We want to get it right.”

A decision will likely be made within the next “several months,” she added.

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The statue’s replacement could serve as a temporary placeholder, or it could be deemed permanent, The Dispatch reported.

This news comes on the same day that Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney used emergency powers to remove all Confederate statues that sit on city land.

Stoney, a Democrat, said he’s attempting to speed up the healing process for what was once the capital of the Confederacy, The Associated Press reported.

He also claimed that because protesters have already toppled several statues, he must act in the interest of their safety by having the city remove the monuments for them.

“Failing to remove the statues now poses a severe, immediate and growing threat to public safety,” Stoney said in a statement. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge, and protesters attempt to take down Confederate statues themselves or confront others who are also doing so, the risk grows for serious illness, injury, or death.”

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These moves come after weeks of various protests throughout the U.S. over police brutality following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. The demonstrations have led to a national debate over the depiction of certain historical monuments, the Confederate flag and brands such as Aunt Jemimah and Uncle Ben’s.

The Associated Press contributed to this report 

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Italy keeps coronavirus pandemic under control, but many staying home to be safe

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Italy, one of the countries hardest-hit by COVID-19, is back to work, but it’s a very different place.

The pandemic situation appears to be under control for now and cases have not shot back up as many worried they would. Still, about 8 million Italians have continued what they’re calling “smart working” — working from home, or a combination of home and office.

Some people have said they felt tentative about being around crowds on transportation and offices just yet, while others simply have taken to remote working. Many employers have encouraged a phased return to normalcy — if Italy will ever return to the “old normal.”

Microsoft Italy Chief Operating Officer Barbara Cominelli told Fox News that studies have found “smart-workers” to be as much as 25 percent more productive than the traditional office-based employees. Microsoft has been using the model since pre-coronavirus days, and was extremely busy during the lockdown helping clients get their own employees set up in remote situations.

Efficient as “smart-working” can be, Cominelli pointed out, there also could be downsides — the day doesn’t neatly end when one works from home. So, the future may involve a fluid work routine.

“We believe in a balanced situation,” Cominelli said. “When you need to go to the office, you go to the office, and when you don’t, you stay at home. This is a hybrid situation.” But, she stressed the importance of making sure people keep space for their “private life.”

On a roll with its digital drive, Microsoft has just announced a host of investments and initiatives for the digitalization of Italy, believing “smart-working” is here to stay and making sure Italians are prepared to embrace and maximize it.

Another downside to the at-home phenomenon: it’s emptied parts of city centers. That may be good for air quality and pollution, but it’s hurt businesses catering to office crowds. The restaurants at Milan’s City Life shopping center, built at the base of a couple of major office towers, now all but bereft of employees, have been suffering. The food court area was relatively empty on a recent Friday afternoon and some restaurateurs expressed worry about clients not coming back.

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The Santa Virginia restaurant in Milan’s bustling Brera district used to do a thriving lunch business. Its staffers were excited to open back up after lockdown, but they’ve had to close for lunch, as they did not have enough customers to sustain being open.

The restaurant has been open only a few years, run by the brother and sister team of Francesco and Virginia Sciacca. They said they were just hitting their stride when the coronavirus crisis hit.

“It seems we lived a nightmare because at the end of February we were on television, on ‘Master Chef.’ Everybody was talking about us. There were lots of people, new clients and a lot of work. Then, in a few days, everything changed in an incredible way,” Francesco Sciacca said.

Bad as the crisis has been for business, Santa Virginia made its contribution to these difficult times. The Sciaccas created affordable and creative food delivery parcels for clients during the lockdown and said they donated half their proceeds to the Civil Protection Agency in Italy that was coordinating crisis response. 

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All of this has been changing the fabric of the city.  The real-estate company JLL in Milan has been considering how its role will change post-COVID, looking at solutions that will make people feel comfortable after the collective trauma of this pandemic, not only focusing on the bottom line. The firm also has been discussing hybrid solutions such as one that would create some satellite offices closer to where people live, in the suburbs or other parts of metropolitan areas popular with staff.

JLL Italy CEO Pierre Marin said all this debate about working solutions didn’t mean the office was dead. “The office will always have a future,” he said. “It will be a place of communication and creativity for the people.”

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Landslide in Italy causes commuter train to derail, no injuries reported

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A commuter train in Italy derailed Monday after a landslide sent boulders rolling onto the tracks, according to officials.

Italy’s national fire service, the Vigili del Fuoco, said around 6 p.m. that a locomotive and first carriage derailed on the regional train line between Venezia and Trieste in the northern part of the country.

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The train was traveling near Bivio di Aurisina when it hit the boulders with 22 passengers on board.

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A commuter train in Italy derailed after striking boulders on the tracks after a landslide on Monday. (Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful)

Video released by fire officials showed firefighters helping people off the train through rear doors.

Boulders also could be seen on the tracks as first responders surveyed the scene.

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A commuter train in Italy derailed after striking boulders on the tracks after a landslide on Monday. (Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful)

According to local media, recent improvement work had been carried out in the area near the landslide.

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No one was injured in the incident, fire officials said.

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A commuter train in Italy derailed after striking boulders on the tracks after a landslide on Monday. (Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful)

Rail traffic was suspended through the area, with interruptions expected to continue Tuesday, according to local media.

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Riccardo Riccardi, the vice president of the regional government of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, praised the work of first responders on Twitter.

“For the transhipment operations, thanks to the firefighters and the volunteers of the Civil Protection, who immediately took action to support the passengers on board, all fortunately unharmed,” he wrote.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict returns to Vatican after visiting ill brother in Germany, officials say

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican Monday after a five-day trip to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, the Vatican said.

Benedict flew from Munich to Rome aboard an Italian air force plane. The 93-year-old retired pontiff, a Bavarian native, returned to his home in the Vatican gardens, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

It was his first trip outside Italy in over seven years.

He arrived in Germany on Thursday to visit his 96-year-old brother, Rev. Georg Ratzinger. The pair are close and were ordained priests on the same day: July 29, 1951. Benedict also visited old neighbors and his parents’ grave at the Ziegetsdorf cemetery.

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his departure at Munich Airport in Freising, Germany on Monday. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is returning to the Vatican after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

He prayed at their tombs and blessed their graves with holy water, the Vatican said. He also visited his old home in Pentling, which now serves as the headquarters of the Benedict XVI Institute, which preserves his theological heritage.

Regensburg Bishop Rudolf Voderholzers said Germans saw Benedict in all his frailty during the brief visit, saying it was clear the retired pope was himself “near his end.”

“He speaks in a low, almost whispering voice, and he visibly has trouble articulating,” Voderholzers said. “But his thoughts are fully clear; his memory and his powers of deduction are phenomenal.”

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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, center, is taken out of an ambulance as he arrives for his departure at Munich Airport in Freising, Germany on Monday. Benedict is returning to the Vatican after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

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Benedict stunned the world when he resigned from the papancy in 2013, becoming the first pope in 600 years to step down. At the time, he said he no longer had the strength to carry out his papal duties.

He was succeeded by Pope Francis and has lived on a monastery on the Vatican grounds since.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Coronavirus weakening, may disappear on its own, Italian doctor says

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An Italian infectious disease doctor believes the coronavirus has become less dangerous — and could disappear on its own without a vaccine.

Dr. Matteo Bassetti, the head of the infectious diseases clinic at the San Martino hospital, said the virus appears to have become less potent, possibly due to genetic mutations, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

“The clinical impression I have is that the virus is changing in severity,” Bassetti told the outlet.

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“In March and early April the patterns were completely different. People were coming to the emergency department with a very difficult to manage illness and they needed oxygen and ventilation, some developed pneumonia.”

But he said in the past month, “the picture has completely changed in terms of patterns.”

“It was like an aggressive tiger in March and April but now it’s like a wild cat,” Bassetti said. “Even elderly patients, aged 80 or 90, are now sitting up n bed and they are breathing without help. The same patients would have died in two or three days before.”

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He said one of the reasons for the virus becoming weaker could be that it has mutated in response to social distancing measures.

“I think the virus has mutated because our immune system reacts to the virus and we have a lower viral load now due to the lockdown, mask-wearing, social distancing,” he said. “We still have to demonstrate why it’s different now.”

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It’s possible that the virus will be eradicated before researchers find a vaccine, he said.

“We have fewer and fewer people infected and it could end up with the virus dying out,” Bassetti said.

But another expert was less optimistic about the prospect of the virus disappearing soon, saying it could take years, the outlet reported.

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“I don’t expect it to die out that quickly,” said Dr. Bharat Pankhania, a professor at the UK’s University of Exeter Medical School, according to the report.

“It will if it has no one to infect. If we have a successful vaccine then we’ll be able to do what we did with smallpox. But because it’s so infectious and widespread, it won’t go away for a very long time.”

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Statue of Italy journalist defaced amid wave of anti-racist demonstrations across much of Europe

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Protesters in Italy have defaced the statue of a famous journalist, covering it in red paint and scrawling the words “racist” and “rapist,” in reference to his admission that he had had 12-year-old Eritrean bride while stationed in the Italian colony in the 1930s.

The statue of Indro Montanelli, inside a Milan park bearing his name, has been a flashpoint in Italy’s Black Lives Matter protests, which have put renewed focus on Italy’s colonial past. Activists also have been pushing for Italy to grant automatic citizenship to those born in Italy to parents who were permanent residents.

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The statue of late journalist Indro Montanelli was defaced with red paint and spray-painted Italian words reading “racist,” top, and “rapist,” inside a park in Milan. (AP)

Montanelli, who died in 2001 at 92, was one of Italy’s most revered journalists. A noted war correspondent, he chronicled contemporary Italy from its colonial era through fascism, Italy’s postwar reconstruction and the anti-corruption scandals that largely overturned Italy’s political class in the 1990s.

In 1977, a far-left terrorist group shot him four times in the legs. He also mentored many of Italy’s top present-day journalists.

Milan Mayor Giuseppe Sala has rejected calls to take down the statute, saying in a Facebook video that Montanelli had confessed to his actions and that “lives should be judged in their totality.”

Sala continued, “Montanelli was more than that. He was a great journalist, a journalist who fought for the liberty of the state, an independent journalist. Maybe for these reasons he was shot in the legs.”

The defacing of the statute came amid a wave of anti-racism protests across Europe Sunday inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd.

In Berlin, demonstrators formed a 5½-mile chain in a message against racism, among a range of other causes. They were linked by colored ribbons, forming what organizers called a “ribbon of solidarity” that stretched southeast from the Brandenburg Gate to the Neukoelln neighborhood.

In Paris, some 15,000 people demonstrated across town against racial injustice and police violence targeting minorities.

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed Sunday to stand firm against racism but also praised police and insisted that France wouldn’t take down statues of controversial, colonial-era figures.

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Meanwhile, in London, British police said they have arrested more than 100 people after protesters, including far-right activists, fought with officers on Saturday.

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Participants of the demonstration of the alliance “Indivisible” against social injustice and racism have formed a human chain in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday. (dpa via AP)

Hundreds of right-wing activists turned out for demonstrations in that city, with many saying they wanted to “protect” monuments and statues targeted recently by anti-racism protesters for links to slavery and British colonialism.

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The protests turned violent when some scuffled with riot police and others hurled bottles, flares and smoke grenades at officers. Six police officers suffered minor injuries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence, saying, “racist thuggery has no place on our streets.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Italy’s hard-hit region nears ‘herd immunity’ as more than half of people tested show coronavirus antibodies

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The northern Italy region hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic seems well on the path to so-called “herd immunity” after more than half of its residents tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.

Citing a sample survey, health authorities said this week that of the nearly 10,000 residents in Bergamo who had blood tests done between April 23 and June 3, about 57 percent had antibodies, indicating they had come into contact with the virus. Medical staff comprised about 30 percent of those cases.

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Albina Minelli, 92, sits on a wheelchair as he she talks from safety distance with her parents, and is flanked by Maria Giulia Badaschi, health director, at the elderly nursing home Fondazione Martino Zanchi, in Alzano Lombardo, Italy, May 29. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

The new study, conducted by Italy’s National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), suggests that the province may be heading toward “herd immunity.”

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Herd immunity is the result of enough individuals becoming resistant to disease from previous exposure or via vaccination, Reuters reported.

Italy has been one of the hardest-hit countries, recording more than 235,000 positive coronavirus cases and more than 34,000 deaths. More than 168,000 people have recovered, while currently 32,872 remained positive as of Tuesday.

The Lombardy region, which includes Bergamo, has registered more than 90,000 cases and more than 16,000 deaths, making it the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak.

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Italian military trucks and soldiers are seen by Bergamo’s cemetery after the army was deployed to move coffins from the cemetery to neighboring provinces, after the cemetery was overwhelmed by the scale of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bergamo, Italy, March 18. Sergio Agazzi.Fotogramma via REUTERS

Bergamo, which reported 13,661 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, became a chilling symbol of Italy’s battle against the virus when a convoy of army trucks was seen removing more than 60 coffins from the city’s overwhelmed cemetery.

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A recent ISTAT report showed the number of deaths in the province was up 565 percent in March compared with the 2015-2019 average for that month, making it Italy’s worst-hit city in terms of deaths.

Health authorities in Bergamo said this week the results of the antibody study were based on a “random” sample which they said was “sufficiently broad” to be a reliable indicator of how many people had been infected in the province.

In a statement, the Bergamo health agency said most of those in the sample were residents of the worst-hit areas.

ISTAT and the Italian health ministry have launched a nationwide campaign aimed at testing a representative sample of some 150,000 people to understand the extent of Italy’s COVID-19 pandemic, Reuters reported.

On Tuesday, Bergamo’s mayor said residents are eager to return to normal life via a “renaissance program.”

Giorgio Gori told reporters his administration created a recovery fund to help families, boost cultural activities and provide financial support to small and medium businesses.

“The city needs now to restart breathing and we’re all at work for its recovery,” he said, according to the Anadolu Agency.

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From left, Laura Capella, Nicoletta Bosica, Stefano Fusco and Arianna Dalba holds pictures of their relatives, victims of COVID-19, as they stand in front of Bergamo’s court, Italy, June 10. Members of an association of relatives of COVID-19 victims filed a complaint with prosecutors seeking responsibility for the deaths of their loved ones. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Meanwhile, about 50 relatives of coronavirus victims have filed complaints at the prosecutors’ office in Bergamo over the handling of the pandemic. It’s the first such group action in Italy, according to the Rai News.

Consuelo Locati, one of the lawyers representing the families, told the news agency that another 200 complaints were being prepared to be submitted as well.

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Firefighters in Italy rescue 3 after car swept away by floodwaters during severe storm

Three people in Italy were pulled from floodwaters after flash flooding dragged their vehicle away on Monday, as severe storms slammed the region.

Heavy rains near Sambucetole in the central Amelia region resulted in some 50 interventions related to the weather.

Italy’s firefighting service, the Vigili del Fuoco, posted a video on Twitter showing one overnight rescue.

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In the footage released on Tuesday, firefighters can be seen helping the group of three people through the rushing waters.

According to local media, torrential rainfall in the region led to flooding and landslides across the region.

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Three people were rescued late Monday after flash flooding in Italy. (Vigili del Fuoco via Storyful)

Evacuations were also ordered after multiple retaining walls collapsed due to the severe weather and associated heavy rainfall.

Officials said that over two dozen requests for aid were made near Turin, “mostly for basement and garage flooding.”

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No injuries have been reported due to the severe weather, but local officials have declared a state of emergency as they deal with cleanup efforts.

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Italy reopens borders to tourists after economically crippling coronavirus lockdown

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Facing its worst recession since World War II, Italy reopened its borders to international travelers Wednesday as part of a larger effort to draw in tourism dollars and give recently reopened businesses an added boost after they were shuttered for nearly three months during the coronavirus lockdown.

But other European nations think Italy’s move is too premature and don’t plan to reopen their borders until June 15. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio has warned Europe not to treat Italy “like a leper,” as many countries begin to lift travel restrictions on other nations, but not Italy, Agence France-Presse reported.

In the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, Italy became the first European country to fully open its international borders on Wednesday, dropping the 14-day quarantine requirement for visitors. Italy also resumed high-speed train service between regions for the first time since early March, checking departing passengers’ temperatures as they accessed the tracks

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Giuseppina Niglio, from Salerno, southern Italy, hugs her children Roberta and Alessandro, students at the Lugano School of music Conservatory in Switzerland, at the Italian-Swiss border, in Ponte Chiasso, Italy, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Italy opened regional and international borders in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

“Come to Calabria. There’s only one risk: that you’ll get fat,” President of Calabria Jole Santelli said Sunday, according to AFP, as part of her effort to attract tourists to Italy’s southern region.

The Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome was scheduled to handle several thousand passengers on Wednesday – compared to some 110,000 passengers on the same day last year.

There Andrea Monti embraced his girlfriend, Katherina Scherf, in an emotional reunion as she arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany.

“We haven’t seen each other since before the pandemic,’’ Monti told The Associated Press.

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Andrea Monti hugs his girlfriend Katherina Scherf who just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany at Rome’s Fiumicino airport, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Rome’s Fiumicino airport sprang back to life on Wednesday as Italy opened regional and international borders in the final phase of easing its long coronavirus lockdown, allowing families and loved ones separated by the global pandemic to finally reunite. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

International flights resumed in three main cities: Milan, Rome and Naples. Republic Day, the Italian national holiday observed Tuesday, usually kicks off the busy summer domestic tourism season.

But tourism attractions in major Italian cities normally rely on international visitors for their revenue. For example, most of the tens of thousands of people who normally stop to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pantheon or Pompeii came from out of the country.

Gondolas in Venice’s canals stand at the ready for any business. The famous “Romeo and Juliet” balcony in Verona also reopened Wednesday and gladiator fans could once any pose for selfies at Rome’s Colosseum, according to AFP.

As Italians are freed to see family members and loved ones separated by lockdown restrictions preventing domestic travel between regions, there still remains a question over how Italians leaving the country will be received in other nations in Europe.

Germany said Wednesday that it plans to lift a travel warning for European countries from June 15 but it may still advise against travel in some cases, for example to Britain if quarantine rules there remain.

Germany issued a warning against all nonessential foreign travel in March. The aim is to change that for Germany’s 26 European Union partners, other countries outside the EU that are part of Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel area, and Britain.

Austria said it is ending border checks with all its neighbors except for Italy, due to lingering concerns about coronavirus infections there, particularly hard-hit Lombardy. Italy’s neighbor, France, is also looking at opening its borders on June 15 — although French citizens who cross over in the meantime are no longer subject to quarantines upon their return.

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Cars cross the border station Chiasso Brogeda between Switzerland and Italy, in Chiasso, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Italy opened its borders to the citizens of the EU and Switzerland this June 3, after the coronavirus lockdown with closed borders and travel restrictions. The slogan on the video screen reads: ‘Welcome to Italy’. (Alessandro Crinari/Keystone via AP)

Switzerland, though it will reopen its borders with Germany, France and Austria on June 15, will not reopen with Italy and warned that anyone who travels there will be subject to certain “health measures” upon their return, according to AFP.

The British government was confirming plans Wednesday to impose a 14-day quarantine for people arriving in the country starting next week, despite pleas from the travel industry to drop the idea and criticism from others that the move comes way too late to tamp down the country’s outbreak.

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Britain is also talking to other countries about setting up “air bridges” that would allow certain countries or regions to be exempted from quarantine rules. British tourists make up a large portion of visitors to Spain and Portugal.

Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva told the BBC that diplomats from the U.K. and Portugal “will work together in order to guarantee that British tourists coming to Portugal would not be subjected on their return to England to any kind of quarantine.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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