ROME – “Maximum caution” in Italy as COVID-19 reaches worldwide peak

The Italian government is preparing to renew the COVID-19 measures which are set to expire on Tuesday (14 July). Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said he will be adopting “maximum caution” as the worldwide infection count reached a new peak on Sunday (12 July), with a total of 220,000 new cases registered.

“The battle against the virus is not won yet”, said Speranza, adding that “we have to be cautious and reopen gradually and only when it is safe to do so”.

As requested by Italian President Sergio Mattarella, the state of emergency will be extended until the end of the year.

Face masks will still be mandatory in closed spaces, and thermal scanners will have to be placed in offices and shopping centres.

Discos and clubs, which were going to reopen on 14 July, are going to stay closed until at least the end of the month. Controls will be enforced at public events, festivals and beaches to ensure social distancing is respected.

The restrictions on arrivals imposed on Thursday (9 July) will remain the same.

However, nationals from 13 countries, which include Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Kuwait, Moldova, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic, will be banned from entering.

A 14-day quarantine period is still mandatory for Italians returning from or having stayed in these countries, as well as for people coming from the United States.

(Alessandro Follis | EURACTIV.it)

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