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29 Jul 2020 | 05:25 PM UTC

Italy: Authorities extend COVID-19 state of emergency until October 15 /update 37

Italy News Alert

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extends COVID-19 state of emergency until October 15; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/29/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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Event

On Wednesday, July 29, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the nationwide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) state of emergency until October 15. The extension of the ongoing state of emergency gives the government power to continue imposing restrictions on personal freedoms, such as imposing limits on social gatherings, as well as accelerating the decision-making to swiftly respond to potential outbreaks. Despite growing criticism by Conte's opposition, the extension to the state of emergency was approved by the Italian Senate on Tuesday, July 28, and subsequently backed by the Italian Parliament on Wednesday.

All ongoing restrictions will remain in place. These include the requirement of all individuals to wear face masks on public transport and in public spaces, including in shops, public offices, hospitals, and clinics, as well as workplaces where maintaining a social distance of at least 1m (3ft) apart from each other is not possible.

As of July 29, there have been 246,776 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and 35,129 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.

If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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