Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza has announced that from Tuesday, September 22, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test will be compulsory for people arriving in Italy from Paris and several other areas of France. The measure will apply for those arriving from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Île-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regions.
Travelers from most other European countries are permitted to enter Italy without having to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. However, those from Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain must produce proof of a negative CPVID-19 test using a molecular or antigenic swab test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Italy. Arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania must self-isolate for 14 days. Outside of Europe, travelers from countries with lower infection rate have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, while those from countries with higher rates (including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Serbia) are not permitted to enter Italy apart from in a few exceptional circumstances. Full details of which countries fall under which criteria can be found here.
Existing domestic restrictions, including the mandatory wearing of face masks in enclosed public spaces and outdoor public spaces between 18:00 and 06:00 (local time), have been extended until at least October 7. The country's state of health emergency has been extended until at least October 15. Most businesses have been permitted to resume, with strict social distancing and hygiene measures enforced.
As of Tuesday, September 22, there have been 253,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Italy, with 35,396 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.
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.
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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