3 more Italian regions adopt curfew

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The advance of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) in Italy will cause about 30 million Italians to live under more restrictive measures. This is because three more regions announced the application of the night curfew starting this weekend.




Movement in Padua, in northern Italy

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Piedmont, with its 4.3 million inhabitants, is expected to approve the movement restriction measure between 11 pm and 5 am today, starting on Monday (26). The decree was agreed between the governor of the region, Alberto Cirio, with the local institutions and associations.

According to the bulletin of the Ministry of Health of this Friday (23), Piedmont – whose capital is Turin -, had an increase of 2,032 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. In addition, the region has 85 people hospitalized in intensive care units (ICUs) and 136 in other departments. In all, 4,236 have died since February.

Calabria, on the other hand, confirmed the rumors this Thursday (22) and decreed a curfew for its approximately 1.9 million inhabitants from the 24th. The restriction will be valid between midnight and 5 am until the 13th from November.

In addition, Governor Nino Spirlì signed a decree suspending face-to-face classes in high school and higher education for the same period, maintaining only distance learning until November 13. Kindergarten classes follow normally.

The region recorded 159 cases in the last day, totaling 3,445 since the beginning of the pandemic. What worries us most is the number of people hospitalized, with 100 in different medical departments and nine in ICUs.

Another region that will sign a curfew decree and impose distance learning in higher education is Sardinia.

According to government sources, the new rules will come into force on the 26th and still affect public transport, which will need to ensure a distance between passengers, new rules to prevent crowds and prohibitions on parties linked to various ceremonies.

The measures were discussed between the government and various political groups, institutions, associations and unions. It is not yet defined whether the curfew will be imposed from 10 pm or 11 pm. The region broke a record of contagions this Friday, with 349 cases in 24 hours, bringing the total number of contaminations to 7,235 since February.

The decisions of the three regions are in addition to the more restrictive measures taken recently by Lombardy, Lazio and Campania – in the latter, with a rigid lockdown -, the most populous in Italy, which together total 21.6 million inhabitants.

The second wave has been causing Italy to break daily records of contamination, with a moving average of more than 13,000 cases in the past seven days. Although the deaths are still at a lower level than in the first wave, between March and May, the authorities are concerned about the number of hospitalizations: there are more than 10,500 hospitalized in hospitals and 1,049 in ICUs.

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