Italy resolved on Wednesday to shorten the interval for booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and apply new restrictions to people who have not been immunized, the government reported.
Starting Wednesday, all Italians over 40 will be able to receive the third dose, once at least five months have passed since the second.
In addition, to counteract the fourth wave of infections. The Italian government decided that from December 6, unvaccinated people will not be able to access restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, nightclubs or gyms.
Only those vaccinated and those who have overcome the disease less than six months ago will be able to access leisure facilities.
A test with a negative result will no longer be used to enter recreational sites, but instead it will be accepted to access the workplace and to use a local public transport method.
“The situation in Italy is in slight and constant worsening,” Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned the press when illustrating the measures.
We are among the countries that are better off due to the success of the vaccination campaign “, stressed Draghi, who acknowledged that the new measures have been taken to” prevent and preserve “, because” we want to preserve normality without risks and we want to continue with everything open “he explained.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe could cause an additional 700,000 deaths between now and March if the current trend continues and brings the total death toll to 2.2 million in the region.
For the WHO, the increase in cases is explained by the combination of three factors: the virulence of the delta variant, insufficient vaccination and a relaxation of sanitary restrictions.
Italy, which has paid a high price with more than 133,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, has reacted positively to the immunization campaign with more than 75% of the population over 12 years vaccinated. More than 84% of people have been fully vaccinated and almost 87% have received at least one dose.