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Egyptian labourers in Italy to return back to work on 4 May

Ahram Online , Friday 24 Apr 2020
Italy Virus Outbreak
File photo: Italy has recently witnessed a slight decline in the recorded cases
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Egyptian labourers in Italy are set to return back to their work in Italian factories as of 4 May in line with the European country's plan to gradually ease coronavirus restrictions, Egypt's manpower ministry said on Friday.

The ministry also said in a statement that the number of Egyptians who died in Italy as a result of the coronavirus complications "does not exceed 10 labourers."

It called on the Egyptian victims' families to provide the ministry with inheritance-related documents so that it can process their inheritance requests.

Around 560,000 Egyptians reside in Italy, according to government statistics released in 2017.  

Italian prime minster Giuseppe Conte said his country's coronavirus lockdown measures are likely to be mitigated starting 4 May after three months of sweeping restraints to contain the contagion.

Italy, which was the world's hardest hit country with the pandemic for considerable time, has recently witnessed a slight decline in the recorded cases. The European country has the third-highest number of coronavirus cases globally behind the United States and Spain and above china, where the virus originated.

About 192,994 people have tested positive for the virus in Italy since the first case was discovered in February, while 25,969 people have died.   

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