Italy eyes new COVID-19 measures amid Omicron worries -newspapers

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s authorities is contemplating new measures to keep away from a surge in COVID-19 infections through the vacation interval, native newspapers reported on Sunday, amid worries over the unfold of the extremely contagious Omicron coronavirus variant.

After holding a gathering with ministers on Dec. 23, Prime Minister Mario Draghi may impose an obligation on the vaccinated to indicate a detrimental check to entry crowded locations, together with discos and stadiums, each day Corriere della Sera reported.

Adverse assessments is also required to enter cinemas and theatres, together with carrying masks outdoor.

Underneath present guidelines, individuals who have been vaccinated or have just lately recovered from the illness have free entry to indoor seating at bars and eating places, museums, cinemas, golf equipment and sporting occasions.

“Some measures, akin to making masks obligatory even outdoor … might be taken quickly,” Franco Locatelli, one of many authorities’s principal scientific advisors, instructed the newspaper.

Italy – the place vaccination is already necessary for healthcare staff, college employees, police and the army – may prolong the jab obligation to all staff from January, Corriere della Sera reported.

The Nationwide Well being Institute (ISS) mentioned on Saturday the Omicron variant is spreading rapidly in Italy, with new circumstances recognized within the nation’s north and south. A complete of 84 infections have thus far been recognized.

Italy, the primary Western nation to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic early final yr, has seen a rise new infections and deaths in current weeks, however each day caseloads stay nicely beneath another European nations akin to Britain and Germany.

Earlier this week, Rome prolonged a COVID-19 state of emergency to March 31 and dominated that each one guests from EU nations should take a check earlier than departure.

(Reporting by Angelo Amante; Enhancing by Kirsten Donovan)

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