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Covid-19: Italy again requires negative testing of EU travelers

Covid-19: Italy again requires negative testing of EU travelers

Italy will again demand a negative test for covid-19 from all people traveling from European Union (EU) countries, according to an ordinance published today by the Ministry of Health.

This determination takes effect from December 16th and lasts until January 31st, with the aim of ‘protecting’ Christmas.

Italy is experiencing a new wave of the covid-19 pandemic, with more than 20 thousand cases and 120 deaths in the last 24 hours.

The unvaccinated that arrive in this country must comply, in addition to the test, a quarantine of five days, reveals the same document signed by the Health Minister Roberto Speranza, quoted by the EFE agency.

The Italian government extended the state of emergency in force until at least March 31, to contain cases of covid-19, and it will surpass the two years in this regime, official sources revealed today to the Spanish news agency.

The Council of Ministers, chaired by Mario Draghi, had to approve a new decree o to extend the state of emergency, since the legislation in force determined its end on January 31, that is, after the maximum period of 24 months since its beginning.

The current The state of emergency ended on December 31, but the team of scientists who advise the Ministry of Health had already recommended its extension at least during the winter, due to the increase in cases and deaths in Italy.

This new decree allows the Government to take decisions more quickly, but it will also have effects for citizens, since parental leave has been extended in case they have children in quarantine and teleworking is possible.

O A state of emergency was decreed in Italy for the first time on January 31, 2020, after two cases of covid-19 were detected in Chinese tourists and 20 days before the appearance of the first outbreaks in the Lombardy region, in the north of the country.

The main parties of the governmental coalition of national unity al, who have supported Prime Minister Mario Draghi since February, decided to prolong the state of emergency.

The far-right Liga party, led by Matteo Salvini, had asked for time until the last moment to take a decision, something that did not happen.

The far-right Brothers of Italy party, led by Giorgia Meloni, also came out against the decision, considering this “a problem for democracy”.

The covid-19 pandemic is on the increase again in Italy, which has registered over 20,677 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to more than 5.2 million people who have already contracted the disease, since February 2020.

There are still 120 more deaths due to covid-19, the highest record since May 28, putting the total at at least 135,049 deaths.

The Italian Government has adopted measures to contain the new cases, excluding those who are not vaccinated from social activities such as going to the cinema, theatre, bars or restaurants or travel. convoy until January 15, requiring a ‘reinforced’ certificate, granted only to those vaccinated or cured of the disease.

About 45.9 million Italians have already completed the vaccination scheme against covid-19 , which represents 85.08% of the population aged 12 and over and 12 million have already taken the booster dose.

As of Thursday, children between 5 and 11 years old will start to be immunized with Pfizer’s vaccine.

Covid-19 has caused at least 5,311,914 deaths worldwide, among more than 269 million new coronavirus infections recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the most recent balance sheet by the agency France-Presse.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.

A new variant, Omicron, classified as “worrying” by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in Africa Austral, but since the South African health authorities issued the alert on 24 November, infections have been reported in at least 57 countries on all continents, including Portugal.

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