Italy news: Locals reveal heartbreaking impact of lockdown as ease begins | World | News

Some like pizza maker, Teresa Iorio, can’t reopen yet as she doesn’t provide a takeaway service yet.

She told the BBC: “The impact has been terrible. My restaurant provides money for my sister, my niece and myself to live.”

When asked what it would mean if she couldn’t reopen at all, Ms Iorio said: “It would be better to die.

“It would kill my dreams for which I’ve sacrificed my life. It would mean losing my livelihood because my life is my work.”

READ MORE:┬áCoronavirus news: Italy Minister issues ‘very important’ advice for UK

Another local named Philomena detailed the dire situation ahead.

She said: “We’ve risked everything to survive, and we already had nothing.

“They stopped us from working, they shut everything down.

“Now what is left? To die of hunger? This isn’t a life.”

He said: “We’re just a sticking plaster, a temporary solution to fill the void left by the Government.

“They haven’t been present and are still getting organised.

“The bureaucracy of the state doesn’t allow aid to come directly to the people.

“If everything goes well, it will take a year to recover. But how can we live until then?”