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Italy ready to close schools, bars and restaurants

A new epidemic outbreak threatens to saturate hospitals on the peninsula. The Italian government is therefore considering a return to severe measures to limit contact between residents.

A new epidemic outbreak threatens to saturate hospitals on the peninsula. The Italian government is therefore considering a return to severe measures to limit contact between residents.

(AFP) – So has life for a year of covid crisis. Forward, reverse. While the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies is preparing to vote for the extension of health measures until April 2 this Friday or as Portugal is finally deconfining, Italy is preparing to take a step back. Thus, Rome should announce Friday the closure of schools from Monday. But the decision would also affect bars and restaurants across much of the country. Indeed, Italy, which this week passed the 100,000 death mark due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has recorded a sharp increase in contaminations and deaths, largely due to the British variant according to doctors.

For Thursday alone, the authorities reported 26,000 new cases and 373 deaths in 24 hours. According to the most pessimistic scenario, Calabria, the large northern regions – Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna -, as well as Lazio (the region of Rome) should pass into the red zone, thus joining the southern regions of the region. Campania, Basilicata and Molise. The situation in Rome remained uncertain and it could turn orange.

Classification in the red zone, according to the color system in force for several months, leads to the closure of schools, colleges, high schools and universities, bars and restaurants (except take-away). Travel is limited to work requirements, the purchase of basic necessities and health emergencies. Tuscany, Liguria, Umbria and Abruzzo could end up in the orange, intermediate zone. Only Sicily should remain in yellow, while Sardinia is in the white zone.

Further tough nationwide restrictions would be another blow to the eurozone’s third-largest economy. Economy which was plunged into a serious recession by confinement in 2020. But according to a survey published last weekend by the daily Il Corriere della Sera, 44% of Italians are in favor (against 30% only two weeks earlier).

Italy kicked off its vaccination plan at the end of December, but deliveries have since slowed considerably and just 1.8 million people – out of a population of 60 million – had received two doses of the vaccine as of March 11.

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