Most of Italy in “yellow zone” and more restrictions go into effect

Police from the transport company verify the covid passport of several users this Monday in Turin. EFE / EPA / Tino Romano

Rome, Jan 10 (EFE) .- The majority of Italy is now in the “yellow zone”, with thirteen regions and two autonomous provinces in the second level of the system of restrictions established by the pandemic, while new ones come into force measures, such as the use of the reinforced health certificate to access means of transport.
The regions of Valle d’Aosta, Emilia-Romaña (north), Abruzzo and Toscana (center) enter this level this Monday after the ordinance signed by the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, given the high number of infections due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
They are added to those of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Veneto (north), Marche, Lazio (center), Sicily and Calabria (south) and the autonomous provinces of Bolzano and Trento (north), which were already in the second of the four steps of the national pandemic restrictions system.
However, the changes will hardly be noticed, since the mandatory use of the mask outdoors and the limitation of four diners in bars, restaurants and parties, which are the main restrictions of the “yellow zone”, had already been decreed in the last weeks by the Executive.
These also include the requirement, as of today, for the reinforced health certificate -which is obtained with vaccination or after overcoming the disease- to be able to access means of transport, as well as hotels, ceremonies or festivals. Until now it was requested for leisure and to consume inside bars and restaurants.
Italy reached its official record for infections of the pandemic last Thursday, when the authorities reported 220,000 new cases of coronavirus in the previous 24 hours and it is estimated that there are currently two million positives.
The Executive approved last week on Wednesday the mandatory vaccination for those over 50 years old and those who do not will be fined 100 euros, while those who try to go to work without having received the puncture will receive penalties of between 600 and 1,500 euros.
It also extended the vaccination obligation to university personnel, regardless of their age, thus equating them with school personnel, who have already had to do so since the end of last year, as well as health and security personnel.
In addition, Italian students return today to face-to-face classes, after the Christmas holidays, in a government decision opposed by some regions, directors and unions, who warn that “online” education will be inevitable as there are thousands of students and infected teachers.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi has called a press conference at 6:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT) to explain the very controversial measures among the population, such as imposing fines of 100 euros on those over 50 who do not get vaccinated. that has caused the rejection of the health sector. Is that the price of our health? Several nurses have asked themselves on social networks.

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