Italy Covid Lockdown: Draghi Cabinet to meet to weigh tightening measures

A closed restaurant in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan.

Photographer: Francesca Volpi / Bloomberg

The government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi is weighing new and strict restrictions for up to two-thirds of Italians, and regions that encompass the country’s largest cities are likely heading for closure amid a resurgence of the pandemic.

The adjustment would close the circle of Italy just over a year after it became the first Western country to go into lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Infections rose to a three-month high this week after the most contagious UK strain took hold amid a slow launch of the vaccine.

Draghi’s cabinet was due to meet at 11:30 am on Friday to decide whether to automatically designate regions as high-risk “red zones” if they have more than 250 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to a draft of a new decree seen by Bloomberg. The draft is subject to change.

Read more: The Swiss company could manufacture the Russian vaccine in the third quarter

The new decree would take effect from Monday and could send many regions, including those around Milan and Rome, into a total lockdown. The restrictions would remain in effect until April 6. During the Easter holidays, from April 3 to 5, all of Italy would be a “red zone”, except for the few areas with lower risk of contagion, according to the draft.


Source link