Italy – “Red” alarm after the new cases – Third installment for both 16 and 17 years old

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Concern is rife in Italy as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Today, the number of new infections in the country has reached 50,599, and they are the most that have been confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic.

The deaths recorded were 141 and a total of 929,775 diagnostic tests. 5.4% were positive.

Mask everywhere and new restrictions

Due to the continuous increase of infections, the government of Mario Draghi banned all outdoor festivals, as well as those indoors, on New Year’s Eve.

The owners of discos, clubs, hotels expressed bitterness and frustration, emphasizing that the financial damage will be huge. Health Minister Roberto Speranza, however, replied that there was absolutely no alternative at this stage.

As for the traditional, Christmas Eve dinner and tomorrow’s Christmas meal, outside of many pharmacies and right now in Italian cities there are queues of citizens trying to reduce anxiety and the risk of infection, with diagnostic tests.

Also, from today, the mask is mandatory on all roads and in open spaces in general. At the same time, in buses, subways, theaters, cinemas, stadiums and museums, from now on citizens will have to wear masks of increased protection.

Third “bite” at 16 and 17 years old

In the meantime, the third dose of the vaccine will be extended to young people aged 16 and 17, as well as to adolescents aged 12 to 15 who belong to vulnerable groups, as decided by the Italian Ministry of Health.

At the same time, the Italian Medicines Agency is expected to decide, in January, whether the booster dose can be given to all adolescents aged 12 to 15 years.

With information from ΑΠΕ ΜΠΕ

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