Multiple regions in Italy will be locked down from Monday, the Italian Ministry of Health announced on Friday.
Italy re-imposes near-national lockdown Monday, with most schools, restaurants, shops closing, as terrible 3rd wave of Covid hits. Vaccination programme also struggling, as in most of EU.
The most populated regions including Lombardy and Lazio, where Rome is located, will be classified as “red zones” which is Italy’s maximum level of coronavirus restrictions.
Non-essential shops and restaurants have to close in a red zone. Travel will be limited to work requirements, the purchase of basic necessities and health emergencies.
All regions in Italy will move to the red zone over the Easter holiday from April 3 to 5, Italian media reported as well.
Due to rising cases of COVID-19, new restrictions are being implemented in Italy from next week. While schools, shops and restaurants will closed in more than half of Italy, residents will be required to stay home except for work, health or other essential reasons. Over the Easter weekend from 3-5 April, the whole country would be turned into the high-risk ‘red zone’.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has warned of a ‘new wave’ of the coronavirus outbreak. He said while he is aware that restrictions will have consequences on the education of children, on the economy and on everyone’s mental health, they are necessary to avoid worsening of the situation. Cases have been rising across Italy for the past six weeks, exceeding 25,000 a day.
Italy’s vaccination campaign has also been hit by delays and last week the Italian government had blocked the export of two lakh fifty thousand doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to Australia in a bid to address shortfalls of vaccines.