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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says professional sports teams can return to training on May 18.

Italy has been one of the world’s worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic with the death toll at 26,644.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the news during a press conference on Sunday

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the news during a press conference on Sunday

Serie A has been suspended since March 9, but matches could resume at the beginning of next month.

There are still 12 games to play in the Italian top-flight as Juventus lead second-placed Lazio by one point.

Athletes can start training individually from May 4, which is the date Italy will begin to relax social distancing.

Conte said: “You have all shown strength, courage, sense of responsibility and community.

“Now the phase of living with the virus begins for everyone and we must be aware that during Phase Two, there is the risk we’ll see the curve climb in some areas of the country.

“It’ll be even more important to maintain social distancing, at least one metre.

Serie A games were taking place in empty stadiums before its suspension last month

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Serie A games were taking place in empty stadiums before its suspension last month

“Even when seeing family, we must still maintain this precaution, because the scientists tell us that at least one out of four infections come via family members.

“If we do not respect social distancing, the curve will climb again, so will the number of deaths, and we will have irreversible damage to our economy.

“If you love this country, then respect social distancing.”

The potential resumption of Serie A will give the Premier League hope of completing the 2019/20 season.

England’s top-flight is reportedly planning to resume on June 8.






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