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Italy: Shoppers return to Rome street market as growth of COVID-19 cases slows02:35

Italy: Shoppers return to Rome street market as growth of COVID-19 cases slows

Italy, Rome
April 04, 2020 at 15:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Customers returned to Rome's San Cosimato market on Saturday while observing social distancing rules, as the spread of COVID-19 shows signs of slowing in the hard-hit country.

"Yesterday it was one person per stall, today if you want you can go in and go to all the counters, but only one person goes in every time a person comes out," explained the on-duty security guard at the market. As well as the one in one out measures, social distancing can clearly be seen being enacted as all customers queue with large spaces between them.

The locals who had come out to shop shared a somewhat cautious optimism. "The return to the market is still not a return to normality but, of course, a happy moment for all of us," said local shopper Cinzia Lapadula.

"There is some optimism, it could be something good, also because those infected are becoming less and less. We hope that on April 13th or 14th everything will reopen, even for all these people who have stalls, it has been a great loss, bringing everyone to their knees," explained another market-goer Mario Castellini.

Italy has suffered massively since the coronavirus outbreak began. The total number of confirmed cases is now approaching 120,000 and as of Saturday, there have been 14,681 confirmed deaths.

Italy: Shoppers return to Rome street market as growth of COVID-19 cases slows02:35
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Customers returned to Rome's San Cosimato market on Saturday while observing social distancing rules, as the spread of COVID-19 shows signs of slowing in the hard-hit country.

"Yesterday it was one person per stall, today if you want you can go in and go to all the counters, but only one person goes in every time a person comes out," explained the on-duty security guard at the market. As well as the one in one out measures, social distancing can clearly be seen being enacted as all customers queue with large spaces between them.

The locals who had come out to shop shared a somewhat cautious optimism. "The return to the market is still not a return to normality but, of course, a happy moment for all of us," said local shopper Cinzia Lapadula.

"There is some optimism, it could be something good, also because those infected are becoming less and less. We hope that on April 13th or 14th everything will reopen, even for all these people who have stalls, it has been a great loss, bringing everyone to their knees," explained another market-goer Mario Castellini.

Italy has suffered massively since the coronavirus outbreak began. The total number of confirmed cases is now approaching 120,000 and as of Saturday, there have been 14,681 confirmed deaths.

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