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Italy, first EU country hit by Covid, welcomes mask-free milestone

ROME: All of Italy became a mask-free, “low-risk” zone for coronavirus, marking a dramatic milestone for the first European country to be hit by the global pandemic in February 2020.

In a decree that took effect today, the health ministry for the first time classified each of Italy’s 20 regions as “white”, signifying low risk, under the country’s colour-coded classification system that evaluates Covid-19 risk.

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