The worst-hit countries in Europe by the novel coronavirus, Italy and Spain, are planning to return to normal life gradually as the daily death toll and confirmed new cases wind down. 

After more than a month fighting COVID-19, the two Mediterranean countries managed to bring the infection and death rates under control and are working with each other and the EU to mend their economies and societies.

Some 35% of total COVID-19-related deaths around the world were reported from Italy and Spain. Experts say this was the result of belated measures against the outbreak, shortages of testing kits, aging

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