Covid, Italy towards white from 21 June: only one region remains out

Covid, Italy towards white from 21 June: only one region remains out
Covid, Italy towards white from 21 June: only one region remains out

ROME – Yes to tables in the restaurant with more than four people, but only outdoors. The puzzle about the diners on the premises, which has divided the Government and the Regions, will be resolved in the next few hours in a technical meeting. But on the agenda remain, for the white zone, other issues to be resolved: “now we must address the issue of discos”, announces the Undersecretary of Health, Andrea Costa, for whom the ban on distancing must be canceled in these places track who enters and grant “the opportunity to dance”. The package of new indications arrives, at the same time, on the first day of the mass vaccination campaign, extended to the entire population up to the age of 12, for which it is now possible to book the injection at the pediatrician or in the hubs. Almost a thousand companies that had asked to be able to manage the administration for their employees also leave. And Inail warns: “there are 6.8 million workers at risk to give priority to”. The pace of inoculations increases, as does the white zone throughout the country. In the last 24 hours there have been 2,897 new Covid patients (positive rate of 1.2%) and 62 deaths, recording for the fifth consecutive day a figure below the quota of one hundred victims. The trend in the incidence of infections continues to decline and the next to enter the lowest risk range could be Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto. The latter would be added to Friuli Venezia Giulia, Molise and Sardinia. On the other hand, Lombardy, Lazio, Piedmont, Puglia, Emilia-Romagna and the Province of Trento could enter the white zone on 14 June. Sicily, Marche, Tuscany, the Province of Bolzano, Calabria, Basilicata and Campania also record similar data but these are not – at least for the moment – estimates that fall within a weekly average. If so, the countdown will also start for them and on the 21st of the month almost the whole country will have left the yellow, probably again with the exclusion of the Aosta Valley which would postpone by a week.

This is also why the provisions are now at the center of the political debate. In a technical table, as sources from the Ministry of Health have also confirmed, the question relating to the limit of four people at the table in restaurants will be addressed in the next few hours. According to the regions and various components of the center-right, this interpretation – in accordance with the provisions of the CTS – is too restrictive but there is close to an agreement. The drop point would be to leave the limit only for indoor restaurants. Undersecretary Costa himself hopes “at least for outdoor venues in the white zone, to remove the limitation of the maximum ceiling while for indoor venues the loosening could be gradual”. The Minister for Autonomies, Mariastella Gelmini, is instead convinced to leave this restriction only for the yellow zone. In any case, the technicians of the Regions should also participate in the technical table, who say they are surprised “that the government’s interpretation of the issue has taken place independently”. Among the topics, however, there will also be the possible opening of discos (the CTS is examining the proposed protocols) and the wedding sector, for which it is hoped that there may be exceptions.

On the vaccination front, we enter the new phase which – according to General Figliuolo – will lead to the “shoulder” by targeting the remaining 28 million Italians to be immunized. New loads are ready to fuel the mass campaign, with another two and a half million doses, in addition to Pfizer’s 3.5 already in distribution, arriving this week (370 thousand Johnson & amp; Johnson just stocked in Pratica di Mare and others 1,744,100 from Astrazeneca and 398,000 from Moderna by June 4). Overall, about 65 million doses will be needed to complete the calibrated Plan at least until the second ‘shot’.
It starts in companies, with 812 administration points – also involved the giants of Leonardo, Tim and Enel – for groups of companies, banks and insurance companies. The president of Inail, Franco Bettoni, however, invites first of all to consider “the workers most exposed to contagion”. The institute has estimated 6 million and 839 thousand people at greatest risk. Those with priority 1 are engaged in the food sector and shopping centers: over 2 million. In the tourism sector, on the other hand, there are 72 thousand while in the transport sector, 630 thousand.

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