Italy to impose Easter COVID lockdown, restrictions tightened in many regions

Italy to impose Easter COVID lockdown, restrictions tightened in many regions

During a visit to a new vaccination centre at Rome's Fiumicino airport, Draghi did not give details of the new measures but said his cabinet had agreed to adopt "appropriate and proportionate" restrictions. However, during Easter weekend, from April 3 to April 5, the entire country will become a "red zone" and go into a national lockdown.

While some other European countries such as Germany have laid out reopening plans, Italy is moving in the opposite direction amid a resurgence in infections to levels last seen in November.

Schools, restaurants, shops and museums were ordered Friday to close across most of Italy from next week, after Prime Minister Mario Draghi warned of a "new wave" of coronavirus infections. "The memory of what happened last spring is vivid, and we will do everything to prevent it from happening again".

From Monday, every region with more than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will pass automatically into red. Citizens will only be allowed to leave their homes for work, health or emergency reasons. Half of the country's regions, including Lazio, the one containing Rome, will be under the most severe measures.

Italy has approved a fresh round of tight anti-Covid restrictions nationwide, which will be implemented between March 15-April 6, including Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

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The Italian Prime Minister emphasized that over the past week there had been an increase of nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 patients in hospitals and 600 in intensive care units.

Italy has temporarily suspended the use of certain batches of AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine following reports of serious health effects in people who received the shot.

Italy is now vaccinating some 170,000 people per day, the prime minister said, adding: "The goal is to triple that quickly".

On Friday, he said that whatever the outcome of a review by the EU's medicines regulator, "I can assure you that the vaccination campaign will continue with renewed intensity".

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