Italy registers another 24,000 more cases and 814 deaths at the start of the new measures


Italy has added another 24,000 infections to the balance left by the pandemic in the country, where this Friday the new measures imposed by the Government have come into force in the face of Christmas with a view to avoiding as far as possible a third wave.

According to the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours another 24,099 infections have been detected out of the 206,000 tests carried out and another 814 deaths have been registered, a figure lower than the record of 993 the day before.

The number of hospitalized patients continues to decline, with another 572 fewer in recent hours, bringing the total to 31,200, just as the number of patients in the ICU has decreased, which is currently 3,567, 30 less. In total, 872,385 people have overcome COVID-19 in Italy, with another 25,576 discharges in the last day.

On the other hand, the transmission rate at the national level has fallen below 1 for the first time in five weeks, according to the latest report from the Ministry of Health and the Higher Institute of Health (ISS), which means that each patient infects less than one person.

“Although the pressure on health services is still very high, there is an improvement in the epidemic in the national territory, with a reduction in the speed of transmission, a reduction in the incidence to 14 days and a decrease in hospitalizations”, highlights the report .

Meanwhile, this Friday the new decree of the Government of Giussepe Conte has come into force. Specifically, the Government has prohibited 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 work 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.

On the other hand, Italians who move abroad for tourist reasons between December 21 and January 6 will have to undergo a quarantine upon their return to Italy, the same as foreigners who arrive in the country in that time period. The ski resorts will also be closed from Friday until January 6.

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