Grandad throws grandaughter into air as they’re finally reunited after lockdown – World News

A granddad was so overcome with joy at being reunited with his granddaughter after two months apart he threw her into the air.

Domenico di Massa, 72, is used to seeing five-year-old Cecilia every week.

But the coronavirus lockdown in Italy meant the two were forced to spend two months apart and have at long last been reunited.

Grandmother Mariantonia Gangemi, 70, looked on at the emotional reunion as the family started the first phase in getting to know each other again, wearing masks.

Mr di Massa said: “During the quarantine we were desperate.

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Domenico di Massa plays with his granddaughter Cecilia

“Now I can’t even speak for how excited I am…too excited.”

“When I saw her my heart stopped, it seemed to be a century since I have seen her but now I’m happy because I will take her to the sea with me,” said grandmother Mariantonia.

“I got excited because I couldn’t hear or see them, I could only talk to them on the phone,” said Cecilia, who couldn’t stop smiling.

Many Italians would normally leave young children with grandparents in July before talking holiday from work in August. This year it will probably be a much longer time for many Italians needing help from grandparents.

The family members were so happy to be reunited

The two normally spend time together every week

“The main change will be having to go back to work and not being able to stay with my daughter because schools are closed and therefore she has to go with her grandparents and so I will see her during weekends,” said mother Josephine di Massa.

“I’m lucky, she’ll be fine, she’ll be with her grandparents, she’ll go to the beach, I have a job…I can’t complain, I’m in a good situation,” she said.

Schools are not due to re-open until September.

Cecilia hugs her grandmother Mariantonia

Under the new rules, 4.5 million Italians can clock back in, construction work can resume and relatives can reunite.

While some old rituals returned, many curbs stayed in place to try to prevent a resurgence of Covid-19 that has killed almost 29,000 Italians since its outbreak emerged on February 21.

Today the UK’s total exceeded the one reported in Italy with the USA currently having suffered the most deaths due to the deadly bug.