Italy marks National Day with muted celebrations due to virus

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2nd June, 2020 06:28:21 printer

Italy marks National Day with muted celebrations due to virus

Italy is marking its National Day today with muted celebrations due to the coronavirus.

National Day marks the proclamation of the Italian Republic in 1946 and is usually celebrated with a parade. This year, smaller celebrations are taking place.

On Tuesday morning, Italy's Frecce Tricolori aerobatic display team conducted a fly-past over Rome.

Italy's president and prime minister attended a ceremony in the capital where they laid flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier. Images show people at the ceremony all wearing face masks.

President Sergio Mattarella said in a message that the country has faced "unprecedented difficulties" which still require "unity, responsibility and cohesion".

He added that Italy will have to "face the consequences for a long time".

More than 33,000 people have died from the virus in Italy.


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