On SundayPope Francis urged the Italians to obey the government rules on social distancing and wearing masks. He also asked them to remain alert despite infection rates have fallen down.
According to a report, Francis, addressing several hundred people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday blessing, reacted to applause that broke out when he said their presence, albeit reduced, was a sign that Italy had overcome the acute phase of the pandemic.
“Be careful. Don’t cry victory too soon,” he cautioned them, departing from his prepared text.
Nearly 34,000 people have died in Italy from the coronavirus, the fourth-highest toll in the world after the United States, Britain and Brazil. The number of daily deaths has fallen from nearly 1,000 several months ago to 72 on Saturday.
On June 3, Italy entered the latest phase of an easing of restrictions, when people were allowed to travel between regions again.
“We still have to follow the rules”, Francis said. “Thank God, we are leaving the worst part, but always by obeying the rules that the authorities have stipulated. No one should forget that coronavirus was still claiming many victims in other countries. He further added.