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Italy is bringing an end to the Covid state of emergency on 31st March, according to a statement by Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Wednesday.

Draghi has pledged a gradual return to normality following more than two years of the coronavirus crisis, and the aim is to “reopen everything, as soon as possible.”

The number of Covid cases and fatalities have fallen over the past few weeks, and the government has faced pressure from political parties and businesses to ease the restrictions that have been steadily implemented since early 2020.

Indeed, over 220,000 daily cases were recorded at the beginning of January, but the numbers have fallen significantly since then, with under 50,000 reported by the health ministry on Wednesday.

“The government is aware that the strength of the recovery depends first and foremost on the ability to overcome the emergencies of the moment,” the Prime Minister said in a speech in Florence.

“We will continue to closely monitor the pandemic situation, ready to intervene in case of an outbreak. But our goal is to reopen fully, as soon as possible," he added.

As it stands, Italy has a so-called Covid Super Green Pass, proving the holder is fully vaccinated or has recently recovered from the virus, and which is compulsory for workers.

The pass is also mandatory to attend several public venues, yet this regulation will soon be progressively phased out, “starting with outdoor activities,” Draghi stated, including at fairs, sports activities, festivals and cultural events.

Italy’s state of emergency was declared on 31st January 2020 and is due to expire at the end of next month, with Draghi stating it will not be renewed, Reuters reports.

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