Italy announced on Saturday that it will tighten restrictions in five of the country’s 20 regions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Push the news: According to Reuters, health experts and scientists warned of more easily spreading variants of the coronavirus.
Game status: Since late January, the two regions of Basilicata and Molise have been placed in the country’s red zone for the first time, which is the strictest level in the Italian color code system.
- All bars, restaurants and non-essential businesses must be closed, and movement will be strictly restricted.
- The grade (white, yellow, orange, and red) is based on the level of infection and other factors.
- In Lombardy, Marche, and Piedmont, which moved from the yellow area to the orange area, restaurants and bars must be closed, but they cannot be taken with them. Except for emergencies or health and work reasons, residents are also not allowed to leave the town.
- Yes, but: According to Reuters, Sardinia became the first region to migrate to a minimal white area.
What are they talking about: Many outbreaks are due to (new) variants. I am concerned about the progress of this epidemic,”
- Rezza added: “We must remain vigilant and we must intervene quickly and forcefully when necessary.”
Big picture: According to Reuters, earlier this week, the country extended the ban on unnecessary travel between regions at least until March 27.
- Italy started the vaccination campaign last year and has so far received more than 4.2 million doses. 1.3 million people have been fully vaccinated.
- According to the Ministry of Health, the country recorded 20,499 There were new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up from 19,886 the day before.
- Since the beginning of the pandemic, Italy has reported 2.9 million cases and 97,500 deaths.