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Italian Prime Minister leaves warning to regions that anticipate end of isolation

The Italian Prime Minister left a warning to the regions that they anticipate the end of the isolation. “Moving from closing everything to reopening everything risks compromising the efforts already made,” he warned.

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“We can't waste the big ones efforts made so far, with hasty initiatives “, stressed the Italian Prime Minister

MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI / EPA

“We can't waste the big ones efforts made so far, with hasty initiatives “, stressed the Italian Prime Minister

MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI / EPA

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte left a warning this Thursday to regions that challenge the government and anticipate national measures to end isolation, warning of the dangers of a second wave of contagion.

“Initiatives involving less restrictive measures are contrary to national rules and, as a consequence, are illegal ”, warned Conte during an intervention in the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

Several regions in Italy have been pushing for a faster easing of containment measures , among the most severe in the world, to avoid going beyond a health crisis, which has already caused about 28. 000 deaths, to an economic one.

Calabria, in the extreme south of the country , where the Italian “boot” ends, this Thursday authorized the reopening of bars, restaurants and, following the example of Venice (north), which ended up giving the tone of greater pressure when reopening several shops on Monday.

“We can't waste the big ones efforts made so far, with hasty initiatives. Moving from closing everything to reopening everything risks compromising the efforts already made irreversibly ”, stressed Conte.

According to the Italian Prime Minister, if the contagion rate (R0), which in Italy is currently between 0.5 and 0.7, rises to 1, “the services intensive care will be saturated again. ”

With a few rare exceptions, the confinement will only begin to be lifted as of May 4 and in a phased manner .

According to the scientific committee charged with advising the government during the pandemic, the simultaneous reopening of economic activities, schools and leisure spaces will lead to an “exponential and uncontrollable rise in contagion.”

Meanwhile, in Rome, the authorities of the Italian capital began to rehearse the steps for a return of public transport in the time of Covid – 19 , taking into account the need to avoid agglomerations and reduce the number of contagions during the pandemic.

Among the measures are those related to metro stations, which will have a part only for entrances and another only for exits, and with public transport seats identified with signs indicating where users can sit, maintaining the distance from other passengers.

With the country preparing to relax the confinement rules, the so-called “phase 2”, which will begin on May 4 next with the reopening of activities such as construction or industry.

Millions of people are expected to use public transport again to commute to work, which has led provincial and city governments to plan the transformation of buses, trains and metropolitan to avoid a large concentration of passengers.

In Rome, buses will only be able to transport up to a quarter of their maximum capacity, which, like trains and subways, are being prepared by placing stickers on the floor to indicate which seats cannot be used and to guarantee the distance between people.

Posters and horizontal signs are also being posted at stops and garages indicating the rules to follow and the obligation to wear a protective mask.

To these measures will be added a “structured plan to encourage sustainable mobility and diversify opening hours.

At the global level, according to a balance sheet by the AFP news agency, the Covid pandemic – 19 has already sparked more than 227 thousand killed and infected almost 3.2 million people in 193 countries and territories. About 908 one thousand patients were considered cured.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.

To fight the pandemic, governments sent 4.5 billion people home ( more than half of the planet's population), closed non-essential trade and drastically reduced air traffic, paralyzing entire sectors of the world economy.

Faced with a decrease in new patients in intensive care and contagions , some countries have started to develop plans to reduce confinement and in some cases to alleviate various measures.

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