Italy remains one of the worst-affected countries by the COVID-19 pandemic that has gripped the globe. However, the situation looks to have improved over the last couple of weeks as the number of infections and the death rate has fallen quite significantly. The Italian Football Association is weighing up contingency plans to restart the 2019-20 Serie A season sometime in June. However, Sandra Zampa, the undersecretary for the Ministry of Health, warned that playing Serie A football in a stadium filled with spectators is not a possibility until a vaccine is developed to kill COVID-19.
NEW: Italy extends nationwide lockdown for another three weeks until May 3.— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) April 10, 2020
Breaking: Italy’s football federation (FIGC) has begun to draw up medical guidelines for a possible restart of Serie A, which has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.— indykaila News (@indykaila) April 9, 2020
They are prepared to continue until September or October if necessary.
In an interview with RaiNews24 on Tuesday, Zampa revealed that it will take some time before Italian football can return to normalcy amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Zampa was quoted as saying “We are still in phase one. The descent is very slow, phase one will begin on May 3rd, but this does not mean returning to the life we knew. I think it is very difficult for the football leagues (Serie A) to resume but I do not see this as a priority at the moment. In any case, full stadiums will only be seen again when we are safe and that is when we have a vaccine. There will not be normal life until we have the vaccine.”
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