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19 Oct 2020 | 12:48 AM UTC

Italy: Authorities tighten COVID-19 restrictions October 18 /update 44

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Prime Minister announces tighter COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases on October 18; follow authority directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/17/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/17/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Rome). COUNTRY/REGION Italy

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Event

On Sunday, October 18, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a series of measures to tighten coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions after a second consecutive day of record cases. The new measures give mayors the powers to close public squares at 21:00 (local time) and more distanced learning will be encouraged in schools, particularly for older students. Bars and restaurants will be required to close at midnight, but can offer only table service after 18:00. Groups in these establishments are limited to six people. Local conferences and festivals are suspended and amateur contact sport is banned. Gyms and swimming pools have to adapt to new protocols within seven days or face closure. Some regions have already imposed stricter restrictions, including Campania, which has closed schools for two weeks.

A state of emergency in Italy has been extended until January 31, 2021, and face masks are compulsory outdoors and in enclosed public spaces between 18:00 and 06:00. Travel restrictions remain in place, with arrivals permitted from some countries and restrictions vary based on the infection rates in these countries. A full list of restrictions can be found here.

As of October 18, Health authorities in Italy have confirmed 414,241 COVID-19 cases, with 36,543 associated deaths. Further international spread of the virus is expected over 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 respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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