Italy will intensify restrictions on people not vaccinated against Covid-19, determined on Wednesday (24) the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi.
From December 6th, a Monday, proof of vaccination will be required in Italy for access to indoor restaurants, cinemas and sporting events. Before, a negative test was enough to enter these environments.
The immunization will also be mandatory for law enforcement officials, military personnel, and school officials — in addition to health workers, where the vaccine was already required.
“We started to use normality. We want to maintain this normality”, explained Draghi.
Covid-19 worries Italy again, in the wake of the high number of cases in Europe. However, thanks to good vaccination numbers (84% of the population over 12 years old), deaths have not risen at the same pace.
In addition, Italy maintained some of the non-pharmacological measures such as the mandatory use of masks in closed spaces.
WHO says Europe could reach 2.2 million deaths from Covid by March
The European Union urgently needs to adopt measures to combat the new wave of Covid-19, warned the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC, its acronym in English), this Wednesday (24).
For ECDC, without this the health burden will be too heavy between January and March.
The director, Andrea Ammon, published a message in which she says she recommends accelerating vaccination and generalizing a booster dose for all citizens over 18, prioritizing people over 40.
Doctor attends patient in intensive care unit in Salzburg, Austria, November 17, 2021 — Photo: Barbara Gindl/AFP
The European agency is also calling for an increase in the general level of vaccination in the European Union, especially in the most backward countries.
Still below 70% of the total population, the general level of vaccination in the bloc and in the three countries of the European Economic Area reflects a widespread lack of vaccination, “which cannot be resolved quickly and which leaves a clear path for the virus to spread.” warns the ECDC.
“We must urgently focus on compensating for this delay in immunity by proposing booster doses for all adults and reintroducing non-pharmaceutical measures,” advises Ammon, in a video release.
The alert was given a day later after another given by the director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, Hans Kluge. He said he fears there could be an additional 700,000 deaths by spring in the Nirte Hemisphere, in the combined arm of this agency, which includes 50 countries in Europe and Central Asia.
In the European Union, 67.7% of the population received two doses of the vaccine, but the differences between countries are dramatic. In Bulgaria, for example, only 24.2% are vaccinated, against 86.7% of the Portuguese.