The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, announced on Saturday (30) that he will suspend flights from Brazil for another 15 days, to prevent the arrival of the new strain that appeared in the north of the country.
- Germany also prohibits the entry of travelers from Brazil
The suspension could be renewed, said a spokesman for the minister. According to Speranza, the decree also prohibits the entry into Italy of all people who have been in Brazil in the last 14 days. The minister announced the decision on Facebook and added that Italy “would continue to monitor the situation prudently.”
The Italian government had announced that it would suspend flights from Brazil from January 16 until the end of the month, to prevent the arrival of the Amazon variant in the country.
Flexibility of measures
Italy on Friday (29) decided to ease restrictions against the coronavirus in some regions, despite warnings from public health experts.
Apulia, Cerdeña, Sicilia, Umbría and the autonomous province of Bolzano will move from Sunday (31) to the “orange” alert level (medium risk), while the rest of the country will move to the “yellow” level, according to the Ministry of Cheers.
Bar in Milan, in the first reopening of services, in May 2020 – Photo: Claudio Furlan / Sports Day / Estadão Content
The yellow level allows the opening of bars, cafes and restaurants during the day and eases circulation between regions. In addition, museums may reopen, but only during the week. Flexibility goes against the general tendency of other European countries to implement more severe measures.
The World Health Organization warned on Thursday that it is “too early” to suspend some measures, due to the “still very high” presence of the virus. “Yes, Italy goes against the general trend,” acknowledged Walter Ricciardi, a public health expert and adviser to the Ministry of Health on the pandemic.
According to the expert, the restrictive measures adopted in Italy during Christmas and New Year helped to stabilize the numbers of the virus, without reducing them. Italy is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus, with more than 87,000 deaths and a record recession.
According to GIMBE, a group of independent experts, Italy registered 799 cases of virus per 100,000 inhabitants between January 20 and 26 – an incidence rate that indicates uncontrolled epidemic.
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