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Italy likely to impose “green pass” restrictions on unvaccinated people | Italy

The Italian government is poised to introduce restrictions on unvaccinated people as it pushes for more citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 amid a resurgence in infections.

The ministers will meet Thursday night to approve a decree that could result in the adoption of similar restrictions on hearings in France.

Entry to stadiums, museums, theaters, cinemas, swimming pools, gyms and nightclubs, for which a reopening date is expected to be announced, will only be allowed upon presentation of a “green pass.”

The pass, which is an extension of the EU digital Covid certificate, may also be required to travel within the country by train, plane or long-distance bus.

Parties within Mario Draghi’s broad ruling coalition have clashed over whether the pass should be required to be served inside bars and restaurants.

It is unclear when the planned restrictions will go into effect. Some Italian newspapers assure that the measures will be imposed as of July 26, others that they will be introduced in phases over the next few weeks.

For those who are fully vaccinated, the green pass will be valid from 14 days after their second dose and will last for nine months. The Approve It will also be available to anyone who presents proof of a negative test taken within 48 hours of accessing any of the restricted activities, and to those who have recovered from Covid-19.

On Thursday, Italy recorded 5,057 new coronavirus infections, mainly driven by the Delta variant, compared with 4,259 the day before. There were 15 more Covid-related deaths, bringing the total to 127,920, the highest death toll in Europe after the UK.

The celebrations following Italy’s victory in the Euro 2020 soccer championship are believed to have contributed to the recent surge in infections, especially in Rome, where cases have increased fivefold since July 11.

Covid-related deaths and hospitalizations have dropped dramatically since Italy accelerated its vaccination program. As of Thursday, 52.83% of the population was fully vaccinated. However, jab stocks in recent weeks have slowed, either because young people delay vaccination until after summer break or because they have decided against vaccination.

Italy has a small but noisy anti-vaccination movement, which has held several protests in recent months against the green pass initiative.

There has been opposition to the extreme right party scheme. Giorgia Meloni, who leads the Italian Brothers opposition, said Thursday that it would “kill the tourist season.”

Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Lega party and a key partner in Draghi’s administration, said earlier this week that a green pass is “fine for stadiums, but not for pizza.”

The government is also expected to reintroduce the tiered and color-coded system of restrictions for all 20 regions of Italy, although decisions will be made based on the number of people hospitalized or in intensive care with Covid-19 per region rather than the number. of infections. .

Italy’s state of emergency, which gives greater powers to the central government, for example to impose a blockade, is expected to last until the end of the year.

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