Rome (Associated Press)-Italy entered a three-day national coronavirus lockdown on Saturday to prevent Easter travel and gatherings, despite the country’s diverse fuel-propelled peak of new infections starting to weaken.
The government announced last month that it will place all areas in the strictest “red zone” lockdown on Easter weekend to limit the chance of infection and take the same precautions as Christmas and New Year.
Throughout Monday, travel between regions and visits by relatives were restricted. Unnecessary shops are closed, restaurants and bars are only open for takeaway.
“People are tired, but they realize that it is important to protect their health during these times,”
The Ministry of the Interior also ordered increased pedestrian police patrols to disrupt large gatherings in squares and parks, which are usually full of picnickers during Easter.
“I’m glad they are inspecting. This means it is playing a role in the entire chaos.” said Amato Monatanari, who was inspected in Rome.
Italy, where the outbreak began in Europe, has recorded more than 110,000 deaths from COVID-19, more than any other European country outside the United Kingdom. According to reports, another 21,000 infections occurred in Italy on Saturday, with 376 deaths.
It is estimated that 87% of the latest cases in Italy have been traced back to the highly contagious variant first discovered in the UK. But the Ministry of Health reported on Friday that for the second week in a row, new cases had “decreased”.
However, since Italian hospitals in most regions still far exceed their COVID-19 capacity in intensive care units and other wards, the Ministry of Health has concluded that new infections are still “too high…to reduce current restrictions. Sexual measures.”
However, Italians are disturbed by the country’s stumbling vaccination campaign. Although the campaign has promised to give priority to the elderly, it has left many of Italy’s oldest and most vulnerable people behind, while teachers, police officers and other professions The workers were assassinated.
Italy’s largest Lombardy region has suffered more COVID-19 infections and deaths than any other region, but there are still The vaccination campaign is faltering, with a visit this week from the Italian new virus czar, Gens Francesco Figliuolo.
Figgliolo said: “Some things are not going well.” “We will pay attention to them, and then fix them together.”
Lombardy has launched a nationwide vaccination campaign for more than three months. This week, Lombardy opened a new centralized booking portal. Previously, the previous system of this system sent some elderly people hundreds of kilometers (miles) home. Where to poke, while others can’t make an appointment.
Lombard’s fourth embattled local governor Attilio Fontana admitted that “there were some difficulties” but insisted that this did not affect the entire vaccination campaign. He said criticism of the efforts in the region was “disgusting.”
Italy has managed 10.8 million vaccines nationwide, even though only 3.3 million of the country’s 60 million people have received two vaccines. Lombardy, which accounts for one-sixth of the population, has long been proud of its healthcare system and has administered 1.7 million doses.
On Saturday in Sicily, a church temporarily opened its door to become a pop-up vaccination center.
“For those Christians who celebrate Easter, today means first of all to be an honest and honest citizen,” the Diocese of Salle, the Diocese of Don Bosco in San Gregorio di Catania, Sicily Pastor Michel Viviano said.
He said: “This also means cooperating with immunization campaigns, participating in and organizing immunization campaigns.”
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