NYPD says more than 960 members are out sick with coronavirus
From CNN's Bob Frehse
A total of 964 members of the New York Police Department out sick with the coronavirus, the NYPD announced Wednesday evening.
This figure represents 745 uniformed members and 219 civilian members, according to the NYPD’s daily coronavirus report.
As many as 2,800 members of the NYPD were out sick with the coronavirus on April 14, but it’s unclear if that represents the peak number for the department. CNN has reached out to the NYPD for more information.
As for the overall sick report, 7.7% of the NYPD's uniformed workforce was out sick Tuesday, down from an April 9 high of 19.8%.
There are 4,959 members of the NYPD who have tested positive for the coronavirus and more than 3,958 members of the NYPD have returned to full duty after recovering from the disease.
“And let’s remember and pray for the 37 members of the service that have died due to coronavirus-related illness,” the NYPD added in the report.
8:50 p.m. ET, April 29, 2020
More than 12 million Italian workers have requested coronavirus emergency funds
From CNN's Sharon Braithwaite
A total of 12.4 million workers in Italy have asked for emergency funds offered by the government through the "Cura Italia" (Heal Italy) decree.
As of Monday, the National Social Security Institute (INPS) said in a tweet it has received 4,740,000 applications for the 600 euros ($652) Covid-19 indemnity, and 7,730,493 others applied for the wage guarantee funds and for the "ordinary check," INPS said Tuesday in a statement.
These funds were introduced by the Heal Italy decree on March 17 to "support workers and companies, with the aim that no one will lose their jobs due to the emergency," the government said on its website.
According to a study by INPS and the Bank of Italy, two-thirds of the 600 euro indemnities were paid out to self-employed workers, and 15.4% to temporary workers. The average age of payees is 46.
This 600 euros indemnity was created for self-employed workers and freelancers who are "almost 5 million people," the Ministry of Economy and Finance said in a statement.
According to INP, the regions most affected by the payment flow were: Lombardy (North Italy), Puglia and Sicily (South Italy), which received almost a third of the subsidies, followed by Emilia Romagna, Veneto (North Italy) and Campania (South Italy).
8:46 p.m. ET, April 29, 2020
Italian region of Calabria to begin relaxation of lockdown measures
From CNN's Valentina Di Donato in Rome
The southern Italian region of Calabria will begin phase 2 of the relaxation of emergency coronavirus restrictions on Thursday, Gov. Jole Santelli said, signing an order to allow communities to embark on a gradual reopening.
“Starting tomorrow, the reopening of bars, bakeries, restaurants and pizzerias -- where tables can be out in the open -- will be consented,” Santelli said in a statement Wednesday.
“Movements within your municipality, or to another municipality for individual sports, are allowed … the activity of open-air markets is allowed, including street vending,” she added.
According to the Italian Civil Protection Agency, the region has registered one coronavirus-related death in total.
“Calabrians have shown a civic sense and respect for the rules in recent weeks. It is right that, today, the region puts their trust in them. They will be able to demonstrate common sense in managing the new open spaces that the region has decided to allow,” Santelli said.