Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Wednesday (4) that four new regions in Italy will be starting this week for the red zone – with stricter isolation and standards to stop Covid. They are: Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta.
Conte had already signed on Tuesday night (3) a decree to introduce a new curfew across the country, in the middle of the second wave of Covid-19 in Europe. The restriction will be from 10 pm to 5 am, starts on Thursday (5) and runs until December 3.
A Italy is the 6th country with the most deaths (39.4 thousand) and the 12th with the most cases (760 thousand) in the world currently, according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University.
The country recorded a record 31,756 new infections on Saturday (31), but the number of deaths remains well below those recorded in the first wave., between March and April.
There were 353 deaths yesterday, against a peak of 919 registered on March 27. The record number of cases at that time was on the 21st of the same month: 6,557 infected.
The announcement comes days after Germany, France and the United Kingdom announce lockdowns to stop the new wave of contagion spreading across the continent.
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The country was divided into three areas: red, orange and green zones.
In the red zones, people will only be able to go out to work, take the children to school or for health reasons. This is the case in the regions of Calabria, Lombardy, Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta.
The stricter restrictions include a ban on entering and leaving the affected region for at least two weeks and the closure of all stores, except for essential items such as food.
Orange areas, with a medium level of isolation, include the regions of Apulia and Sicily. The regions of Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Molise, Marche, Bolzano, Sardinia, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto were included in the yellow zones, with a lower level of restrictions.