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Portugal reconfines and Italy introduces national curfew

Written by Eric Apim on Wednesday, November 4th 2020 à 16:45 | Read 479 times

Portuguese buses in confined areas will only be able to carry passengers up to 50% of their capacity (photo: B.L.)
Portuguese buses in confined areas will only be able to carry passengers up to 50% of their capacity (photo: B.L.)
PORTUGAL / ITALY. Since Wednesday 4 November 2020, the Portuguese in 121 of the country's 308 cities (including Lisbon and Oporto) must comply with the new reconfinement rules. Contrary to the first decreed in the spring, the measures are more flexible with, among other things, the authorised opening of schools as well as cultural spaces, shops and restaurants. However, the latter three will have to close their doors earlier. Teleworking becomes compulsory for trades that allow it.

Concerning 70% of the Portuguese population, this confinement should last at least ten days. The government calls for a "civic duty of home confinement".

The Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, is waiting for Parliament to vote on his declaration of a state of health emergency before going any further. This includes the possibility of a curfew during the weekend, but also temperature checks when accessing public services.

According to the CSSE of Johns Hopkins University, Portugal has so far registered 149,443 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 2,635 deaths.

Curfew in Italy

At the same time, and after having already taken a series of measures at the end of October, Italy introduced a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am throughout its territory from Thursday 5 November 2020 until 3 December 2020. Museums are drawing the curtain and all cruise activities are cancelled (except those in progress).

Shopping centres will be able to remain open, as will shops, but will have to close over the weekend. High schools will have to switch to distance learning. Public transport will not be able to accommodate more than 50% of their passenger capacity.

Giuseppe Conte, the Italian President of the Council of Ministers, plans to classify the twenty Italian regions into three zones defined by several indicators of the epidemiological situation. As in France, before reconfinement, depending on the colour assigned (green, orange or red), more or less restrictive measures will be applied.

According to the CSSE of the Johns Hopkins University, Italy has so far recorded 759,829 confirmed cases of Covid-19, including 39,412 deaths.

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