Friday, September 24

Italy imposes confinement for the Christmas holidays and their eve

Atmosphere in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

Atmosphere in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan

The government of Italy announced this Friday a national confinement for all public holidays of the Christmas period and its eve, although those days will allow movement between regions with various restrictions.

According to the decree approved late in the afternoon this Friday by the Italian Council of Ministers, Italy will be a ‘red zone’ (the highest level of contagion risk) from December 24 to 27 and from December 31 to January 3. In addition, the lockdown, which provides for the closure of non-essential retail businesses and the closure of bars and restaurants, will be effective January 5 and 6.

Under this alert level, it is not allowed to leave the house, except for reasons of health, urgency or traveling to the job. However, as a novelty, during the aforementioned days Italians will be able to leave the house to visit family and friends, although with restrictions.

Thus, the number of people traveling may not be more than two, unless they travel accompanied by minors under 14 or disabled with whom they live, who do not count. On the other hand, movement to private homes will only be allowed once a day and between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., since the curfew is still in force. Finally, the Italian Government has established that visits must be carried out to a single house that is located in the same region in which it is inhabited, according to the text of the decree, collected by the newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’.

On the other hand, on January 28, 29, 30 and 4, all of Italy will be located in the ‘orange zone’, which allows travel between municipalities with a population of no more than 5,000 inhabitants and a distance of no more than 30 kilometers. At this level, retail stores may open, but bars and restaurants will remain closed. However, takeaway service is available until 10pm, as on the red level.

The decree, agreed by the Government of Giuseppe Conte after days of meetings, controversies and disputes, leaves in force all the regulations provided for by the previous decree that regulated restrictive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the possibility of traveling to return to habitual residence.

The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has defended that the measures adopted are “necessary“and has reiterated that” the risk of a third wave of infections is concrete “, as reported by the newspaper ‘La Reppublica’.

During the day, Italy has registered almost 18,000 more infections. According to the Ministry of Health, there have been 17,992 positives among the 179,000 tests carried out, in line with Thursday’s data, while 674 deaths have been recorded, a figure also similar to the 683 deaths the day before. With this, Italy adds 1,921,778 confirmed cases and 67,894 fatalities.

One more day both ICU and hospitalized patients fall. The former are currently 2,819, 36 less, while the latter rise to 25,769, another 658 less. With regard to cured patients, there are already 1,226,086, with another 22,272 discharges in the last 24 hours.

Veneto remains the main focus Currently, with another 4,211 infections and 107 deaths, while in Lombardy, the region most affected by the pandemic, another 2,744 cases have been recorded. In Lazio, where Rome is located, there have been 1,428 more positives.

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