MADRID, 3 Dic. (EUROPA PRESS) –
Italy this Thursday registered its worst data in terms of deaths since the start of the pandemic, with 993 deaths in 24 hours, at a time when the country is immersed in the debate due to the strong restrictions that the Government to limit travel, and thus contagion, during Christmas.
As reported by the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours there have also been another 23,225 infections among the more than 226,000 tests carried out, a figure in line with previous days although slightly higher – on Wednesday there were 20,709 cases and 207,143 were carried out tests–.
With this, the pandemic already leaves 1,664,829 confirmed infections in Italy and 58,038 fatalities since the first case was detected at the end of February. So far 846,809 people have overcome COVID-19, with another 23,474 patients being discharged in the last day.
The measures proposed by the Government, which Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will sign in the next few hours and will come into force from this Friday, have generated unease, especially among regional presidents, annoyed that they have not been consulted in advance, therefore who have shown their “stupor” after having spoken with the chief executive.
Specifically, the Government has proposed the prohibition of moving between regions between December 21 and January 6, while on December 25 and 26 and January 1, it will also be prohibited to move between municipalities, except for labor requirements or health reasons.
In addition, the curfew will remain in force between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., although on New Year’s Eve it will last until 7 a.m. on January 1. With regard to stores, they may open until 9:00 p.m., except on holidays, while shopping centers will close on weekends.
Restaurants will open on public holidays until 6:00 p.m., as they have been before, while in hotels it will only be possible to offer room service to guests from that time. Italians will also not be able to move to their second residence during the Christmas period.
VACCINATION OF THE WHOLE POPULATION
In another vein, the extraordinary commissioner for the emergency, Domenico Arcuri, has indicated that Italy could have completed the vaccination of its entire population “between the second and third quarters of 2021.” As explained in a parliamentary appearance, “the plan for the distribution and supply of the vaccines is substantially ready.” “When there are vaccines we will be ready,” he stressed.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, had indicated that the Government provided free and voluntary vaccination of citizens, starting with risk groups and hoping to reach a “group immunity.” He also pointed out that the plan is to acquire more than 200 million doses, more than enough to vaccinate the entire Italian population.