European grandparents were able to embrace their grandchildren for the first time in weeks as countries across the continent begin to lift lockdown measures.
Italy, one of the hardest-hit countries in Europe, began lifting restrictive coronavirus social distancing measures on Monday. Extended family members are now able to visit each other again, with many grandparents giving their grandchildren hugs for the first time since the lockdown began two months ago.
Sky News highlighted a case of one family reunited, reporting from Rome, Italy, of five-year-old Cecilia running up to her grandparents and hugging them. Before social distancing, the little girl had seen her nonno and nonna every week.
The Chinese coronavirus hits older generations particularly hard, and lifting of the shielding of senior citizens has become the first sign of society slowly returning to normal.