Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte admitted his government was late to pay out more than $55 billion (50 billion euros) assigned to struggling families and businesses.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says any restart would have to be gradual, and companies would have to introduce strict health safety measures before opening their doors.
US President Donald Trump announced that he would sign an executive order on Wednesday restricting immigration to the United States, where some 22 million people have lost their jobs.
The devil is in the details, but EU leaders this week will wrangle a deal which might be a starter’s pistol for Brussels to fall on its sword.
Italy was the first European country to be hit by the virus, and had been leading the official global death toll until the US overtook it.
EU countries take preventive measures to bar people from unauthorised trips during the holiday, which coincides with rates of coronavirus infection slowing in many countries.
European governments are scrambling to put together hundreds of billions of euros to save lives, companies, and families from going bankrupt as countries hit hardest by the virus are also those that can least afford the costs, like Italy and Spain.
Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide might be turning in the deadliest disaster the country has faced since World War II.
The Italian prime minister clashed with EU Commission Chief von der Leyen over her reluctance to accept his proposed 'coronabonds' plan, which would allow Italy to borrow more cheaply in the fight against the coronavirus.
Reporting in conflict zones was no preparation for the calamity that has hit Italy in the form of a pandemic.
In an interview with Italian daily Il Sole 24 Ore on Saturday, Conte said a common debt instrument was needed to spearhead a European recovery and reinvestment plan to support the economy of the whole area.
Italy reacts with the solidarity of flash mobs circulating on social media to make people "gather" on balconies at certain hours, to play music or to get a round of applause.
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