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Italy tightens anti-Covid measures

Italy tightens anti-Covid measures

The Italian government on Wednesday decided to exclude unvaccinated persons from certain public activities in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A new government decree has also made vaccines mandatory for rule of law staff, the military and all school workers.

Previously, vaccines were required only for medical staff as well as teachers.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said measures were needed to stop the "slow but steady" increase in cases of infection.

According to him, these measures also help to keep the recovery of the Italian economy as the third in the European Union, an economy that was reduced by 8.9 percent last year.

"We have begun to return to normalcy. "We want to maintain this normality," Draghi told a news conference after the cabinet unanimously decided on the measures.

Italy, where the pandemic began to spread to Europe for the first time in 2020, has seen an increase in the number of infected but to a lesser extent than other EU countries.

Italy has recorded about 10 thousand new cases per day and less than 100 deaths per day.

This state has fully vaccinated more than 84 percent of the population over the age of 12 years.

Unlike many other countries, Italy has not lifted most of the restrictive measures even when infection numbers fell.

Indoor masks continue to remain in place as last month, Italy became the first country in the west to require a health passport to go to work.

This health passport requires proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test.

Meanwhile, unvaccinated people can not go to the cinema, theater or eat indoors on the dates from December 6 to January 15 or further in the regions where infections are growing.

The state decree requires that a health passport also be required to enter the hotel or use public transport.