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Italy to Relax Lockdown in Key Step for Europe’s Virus Fight

  • Prime Minister Conte says restart program to begin on May 4
  • European leaders under pressure to revive crippled economies
A customer buys fresh produce from a grocery stall at the Ballaro open-air market in Palermo, Italy.

A customer buys fresh produce from a grocery stall at the Ballaro open-air market in Palermo, Italy.

Photographer: Tullio Puglia/Bloomberg
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Italy will present a plan this week to ease its rigid lockdown, joining Germany, France and Austria in pursuing a gradual return to normality as coronavirus infection rates fall and pressure mounts to reopen businesses.