- “The latest epidemiological data cannot leave us indifferent,” Conte said.
- "If this November we respect all these new rules we will be able to keep the epidemic curve under control… and face December, and the Christmas holidays.
- This new package of measures is in addition to the night curfew already in force in the most populated regions of the country.
Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday tightened coronavirus restrictions across the country after the country’s number of coronavirus infections skyrocketed. The premier’s move was effected despite the strong opposition from the country’s regional heads and street protests in opposition to curfews.
As per the new decree approved by the Government, swimming pools, gyms, theaters and cinemas will remain closed until November 24th.
The move by the Italian Government aims at reversing the numerous indicators that show the acceleration of the pandemic in country. As per data, there is a high multiplication by ten of the new weekly cases compared to the beginning of the month and also the fact that each week, the number of additional deaths has since doubled.
On Sunday the Italian Government thus ordered the closure of; swimming pools, gyms, theaters, and cinemas effective from this Monday. Elsewhere, bars, restaurants, and ice cream parlors will have to close their businesses earlier, i.e by 6 pm. in the evening.
Italy added almost 20,000 new cases and 151 deaths yesterday. Although 95% of those infected are asymptomatic, the exponential increase in infections in recent weeks has begun showing consequences in hospitals, where there are already 12,415 Covid-19 patients.
The number increased by 817 people compared to Friday. In the ICU there are also 1,128 people admitted because of the coronavirus, figures that have not been witnessed therein for the past five months.
“The latest epidemiological data cannot leave us indifferent,” Conte said. “The analysis indicates a rapid growth, with the stress on the national health system at worrying levels.”
While presenting the new measures on Sunday, the Italian Premier acknowledged that Italy is experiencing “a complex moment” and that there is “a lot of fatigue, anger and frustration” due to the pandemic, which also exacerbates “existing inequalities.” I
n an attempt to shine a light on the immediate future, he expressed his hope that no further restrictions will be needed in the coming weeks and that Christmas can be reached “in a calm spirit”.
“If this November we respect all these new rules we will be able to keep the epidemic curve under control… and face December, and the Christmas holidays with greater serenity,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said while addressing a press conference.
The Italian Premier elaborated that the measures are purely aimed at averting the kind of tough lockdown the country experienced in the spring. “We need to do as much as possible to protect health and the economy … we know this is generating anger and inequality,” he said.
As a way of cushioning businesses mostly affected by the new measures, a €1.5-2m funding package is being considered to support them.
This new package of measures is in addition to the night curfew already in force in the most populated regions of the country, such as Lombardy, Lazio, Campania, Sicily and Calabria, and which has led to some protests in Naples and Rome.
On Saturday for instance, the Italian capital experienced violent scenes after Some 300 radicals gathered in the central Plaza del Popolo, where they burned some cars and containers and clashed with the police. It is feared that these protests may have been orchestrated by organized crime.