Italy eases long lockdown, leaders push vaccine effort

ROME (AP) — Millions are being allowed to return to work in Italy as Europe’s longest lockdown starts to ease, while countries from Iceland to India are taking a patchwork of steps to loosen coronavirus restrictions. Businesses, including hairdressers in Greece and restaurants in Lebanon, are opening their doors under new conditions Monday. With pressure growing in many countries for more measures to restart the economy, politicians also are trying to boost funding for research into a vaccine for COVID-19. There are hopes that one could be available in months, but warnings that it could take much longer.