Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Rising numbers of infections: Italy extends corona measures


Status: 02/22/2021 2:34 p.m.

Italy continues its measures to fight the corona pandemic amid rising numbers of infections. This is what the new government in Rome decided – and even tightened the rules.

By Jörg Seisselberg,
ARD-Studio Rom

It is the first decision of the new government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi on the corona pandemic. For the time being, it continues the line of the previous government. The anti-corona restrictions will be extended by one month, until March 27th. It remains with the ban on moving between the regions in the country. Exceptions are only made for urgent reasons, for example if someone has to go to work or see a doctor.

With the extension of the measures, the three-zone system will remain. Depending on the spread of the infections, more or less strict rules apply in the regions. Bars and restaurants, for example, are not allowed to receive guests in the orange and red zones. In the yellow zones catering is possible at least until 6 p.m.

No visits in red zones

Despite this zone regulation, the infection rates have recently risen again across the country. That is why virologists, among others, are calling for the measures to be tightened. And the new government is tightening the screws at least on one point: In the red zones, visits from friends should no longer be possible, reports the Ansa news agency.

So far, it was allowed for two adults to visit another family with their children, even in regions with a high infection rate. However, this restriction is not currently effective, as no region in Italy is currently classified as a red zone.

Italy’s government extends anti-corona measures

Jörg Seisselberg, ARD Rome, February 22nd, 2021 2:25 p.m.



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