Italy celebrates the Feast of the Republic, without the traditional parade

Italy celebrates national Republic day without the traditional military parade in Rome, which this year was cancelled due to pandemic COVID-19.

The Republic day is set to commemorate the events of 2 June 1946, when during a national referendum on the form of government the majority of Italians voted for a Republic and eliminate monarchy which has the taint of collaboration with the fascist regime of Mussolini.

This time the celebrations on the occasion of the national holiday were held in a restrained style and limited to the ceremony at the Altar of the Fatherland in the centre of Rome, which was attended by the leadership of the country.

In the morning, to the monument arrived Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who was accompanied by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, the heads of the chambers of the national Parliament Maria Elisabetta Casellati and Roberto Fico, and President of the constitutional court Marta Cartabia. They were all in medical masks and kept social distance. Located in the centre of the town citizens greeted the appearance of the heads of state with applause.

The President laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown soldier. With him to the monument the Eternal fire on the white marble stairs up two cuirassier also in medical masks. At the time of laying a wreath in the sky over Rome flew nine air force fighters, who left behind a trail of colors of the Italian tricolor.

Military parade on the occasion of the national holiday, which usually involved more than 5 thousand troops of various arms and about 300 units of military equipment, this time was cancelled. This decision was taken in late may, following consultations between the office of the President and the Ministry of defence.

On the Occasion of the Republic Mattarella sent a special message to all prefects of Italy, in which he noted that at this time this auspicious day fell at "a particularly difficult moment for the country, which is beginning to recover from the most dramatic phase of emergency medical situation COVID-19".

"The scale and severity of the crisis and its impact on all aspects of everyday life, the pain that had struck the community demanded from all of emergency efforts, including emotionally," said the President. According to him, such difficulties the Italians had never experienced in the history of the Republic. Mattarella called on his compatriots to show a sense of responsibility and stressed that "the crisis is not over, and therefore, the authorities and citizens still have a long time to deal with its consequences."

At noon Mattarella will cause a private visit to the Northern city of Codogno, where on 20 February was identified the first case of infection of the coronavirus in the Italian national territory. The evening is planned a visit by the head of state the National Institute of infectious diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome, where he was taken first patients cases COVID-19.

According to official data, as of Monday, the total number of cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus in the Apennines exceeded 233 thousand, more than 158 thousand patients have recovered, the number of victims amounted to 33475 people.

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