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Italians must now go out wearing a mask

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, October 8th 2020 à 15:15 | Read 312 times

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wants to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (photo: Italian Council Presidency)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wants to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (photo: Italian Council Presidency)
ITALY. On Wednesday 7 October 2020, the Italian government extended the state of emergency until 31 January 2021. Adopted in February 2020 at the height of the spread of Covid-19, it had already been extended until 15 October 2020.

This decision is accompanied by an extension of the obligation to wear masks outdoors throughout the country. Until now, this requirement has only applied to enclosed public places.

Giuseppe Conte says that Italy has entered "a new phase with a rise in contagion". The Italian prime minister points out that anyone not wearing a mask outdoors is liable to a fine of up to €1,000. He even advises wearing it at home when entertaining friends. Only children under the age of six and older children with illnesses incompatible with wearing a mask are exempt. Its absence will be tolerated during sporting activities.

The government has taken the lead by passing a law to prohibit the twenty Italian regions - which are very autonomous, particularly in the area of health - from taking less restrictive measures in this area, without the advice of the Minister of Health. They will nevertheless be able to decree more restrictive measures according to the local evolution of the pandemic. The regions of Lazio (Rome) and Campania (Naples), as well as the city of Genoa, had already made it compulsory for people to wear masks outdoors.

According to the CSSE of Johns Hopkins University, Italy, the first country affected by Covid-19 in Europe, has had 333,940 confirmed cases of contamination (third most affected country in the EU after Spain and France) and 36,061 deaths to date. On Wednesday 7 October 2020, Italy reported 3678 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours.

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