While it was no longer mandatory from Monday in Italy to wear face masks outdoors, except for gatherings, many citizens have decided to continue wearing it as a precaution, habit and due to fear of the Delta variant, media reported.
Meanwhile, the number of people vaccinated with at least one dose has reached 50 million, with 18 million or 33% of those over 12 years old being fully vaccinated.
“Today is a beautiful day because we can afford a few more freedoms, but we must continue on the path of prudence and caution because the battle is not yet won, the virus still circulates in a significant manner. We are very careful with the variations and what is happening in other countries in Europe and in the world,” said Health Minister Roberto Speranza.
For Speranza, who assured that by the end of the summer all Italians will receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We must insist because even with the variants the real weapon we have is the vaccination campaign,” he added.
Also on Monday, Speranza’s deputy, Pierpaolo Sileri, proposed that in Italy the digital COVID certificate could be issued only to those who have had two doses of the vaccine (or are vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson single-dose jab) – and not just one as it happens now – to combat the Delta variant, which according to experts requires the entire vaccination cycle to be effectively countered.
So far, 13.7 million green passes have been downloaded in Italy.
(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)