Italian government mulls introduction of new COVID-19 measures

“The circulation of the Delta variant is increasing in Italy. This variant is leading to an increase in cases in other countries with high vaccination coverage, therefore it is advisable to carry out extensive tracking and sequencing of cases”, the Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) wrote in its latest report, Corriere della Sera reported. [Shutterstock/MikeDotta]

With COVID-19 cases rising again in Italy as 1,391 new cases and seven deaths were recorded on Monday and 24 million citizens remain unvaccinated, the government is mulling the introduction of new measures just five weeks after the country started lifting restrictions.

“The circulation of the Delta variant is increasing in Italy. This variant is leading to an increase in cases in other countries with high vaccination coverage, therefore it is advisable to carry out extensive tracking and sequencing of cases”, the Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) wrote in its latest report, Corriere della Sera reported.

The measures under review require citizens to receive the EU digital COVID pass only when they are fully vaccinated and not even after the first dose, as is currently the case.

Also under review is the obligation of a five-day quarantine for those arriving in Italy from countries with high infection rates like Spain and Portugal – a measure already introduced for the UK.

On top of that, the government is also looking into making regions carry out a fixed number of swabs to remain in the “white zone”, and intensifying checks on the use of face masks, which will continue to be mandatory outdoors if there are gatherings. (Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)

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