Italy: We Need To Tighten Restrictions To Prevent Third Wave Of COVID-19
Italian Prime Minister announced the need to tighten the current restrictions in order to prevent the third wave of coronavirus « at any cost ». He admitted that vaccination of 10-15 million people, necessary to create effective herd immunity, can be carried out not earlier than in the end of spring.
The Italian government is forced to tighten existing restrictive measures to prevent the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told La Stampa newspaper. “Now we need new restrictions… We must prevent the third wave at any cost, because it will have devastating consequences, including in terms of loss of life,” Conte said.
“The situation is delicate, but our measures are working and allow us to restore control over the epidemiological curve,” said the Italian Prime Minister. But he admitted that at Christmas the country will have « new difficulties ». He said that it is possible to cope with it only with unity in the coalition leaders of the country.
Earlier, on December 4, Conte signed a decree authorizing movement between 20 regions of Italy only for work, for medical treatment or for urgent matters, in force between December 21 and January 6. On Christmas and New Year, Italians are advised not to leave the cities in which they live. Mass events are prohibited on these days.
In an interview, Conte said that in order to be effective, the vaccination in Italy must reach 10 to 15 million people, and promised that this goal will be achieved in late spring or early summer.
On November 5, a state of emergency was introduced in Italy due to the worsening situation with the coronavirus. Among other things, a nationwide curfew was imposed from 22:00 to 5:00, and shopping malls, museums and galleries were completely suspended on weekends. After some of these restrictions were relaxed in December, crowds flooded into central Rome over the weekend, The Guardian reported.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,855,737 people have been infected with the coronavirus, 65,011 died.