Italy hopes to resume tourism, trade with Taiwan as lockdown ends

Image taken from the Facebook page of the Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office

TAIPEI (CNA)— The Italian Economic, Trade and Cultural Promotion Office on Monday expressed hope that tourism and trade between Italy and Taiwan can soon be revitalized as the European nation prepares to end a nationwide lockdown on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, Italy’s representative office also thanked Taiwan for helping the country fight the COVID-19 coronavirus, in particular the recent aid donation which it received from the Taiwanese people through a fundraiser initiated by an Italian Catholic priest based on the island.

Italy, one of the worst affected nations in the world, was the first European country to impose nationwide restrictions when coronavirus cases began to surface in its northern regions in February.

More than 230,000 people in the country have been infected, including over 30,000 deaths, data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control showed on Monday.

“Generous acts of solidarity can be witnessed from the Taiwanese people at various levels, expressed through donations of medical equipment and financial support,” the office wrote.

In its message, the representative office also said Italy looked forward to revitalizing cultural exchanges with Taiwan, and hoped that the travel link between both sides can be restored soon.

The European nation will allow free movement within the country starting from June 3, one day after its Republic Day holiday.