The Italian government announced on Thursday that it will require people to show proof of vaccination or a negative test recent in order to participate in certain social activities, including dining inside, visiting museums andparticipation in shows.
The move follows a similar announcement made by the French government last week and comes as the debate in the Western countries are stepping up on how far governments should - or can - go to contain the lives of the unvaccinated.
In English n, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this week that his government planned to require proof of vaccination to enter nightclubs and similar places by the end of September, but the idea met with swift political backlash and no It's not yet certain to move forward.
The increased use of the Italian health pass, which the Italian authorities call "Green certification", aims toboth to encourage more vaccinations and to curb the spread of the Delta variant, which is already causing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases across the continent.
"The Delta variant of the virus is threatening, " Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said at a press conference on Thursday evening. "We must act on the Covid 19 front " to continue to allow the Italian economy to recover.
Without these measures, the government Italian said he could be forced to reintroduce new restrictions in a country that suffered the first and one of the West's toughest lockdowns. The Italian government is particularly concerned about the spread of the virus among the two million people over the age of 60 who are still not fully vaccinated.
A little more 50% of Italians over 12 years olds - about 28 million people - are fully vaccinated, according to the Italian government .
But the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said the spread of the Delta variant is increasing. The organization predicted that by the end of August, the Delta variant would account for 90 percent of coronavirus infections in the European Union.
Talks about the introduction of the vaccine requirement in Italy followed the announcement of a similar measure week latest by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said proof of vaccination or a negative test would be obligatory to access cultural places, amusement parks, restaurants, shopping centers, hospitals, retirement homes and long-distance transport.
According to several surveys, approximately 70% of Italians preferred to follow France's lead, but this week's discussion of introducing similar demands has created deep rifts within the Italian coalition government, which includes the Italian Democratic Party but also Matteo Salvini's Nationalist League party.
Mr. Salvini - who said he has not been vaccinated yet - opposed what he called "the exclusion of 30 million Italians from social life". At a rally on Sunday, he said he "refused to see anyone chasing my 18-year-old son with a swab or syringe" as migrants docked "in full wagons in Sicily" without no proof of ecnegative sampling or vaccination. >
From August 6, Italians will have to prove that they have received at least one dose of the vaccine, that they have carried out a negative swab recent or have recovered from Covid within the past six months to sit at tables inside bars and restaurants; access museums, swimming pools, gymnasiums and theme parks; and attend athletic competitions and other events, including public exams.
"The call not to get vaccinated is a call to die, ”Draghi said Thursday. "Without vaccinations, we have to shut everything down again.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the state emergency will be extended until December 31 and that the number of hospitalizations, and not the number of coronavirus cases, will now be the predominant criteria forassess the restrictions in Italian regions.
Two-thirds of the Italian population - around 40 million Italians - have already downloaded the pass, a said Mr Speranza, who was previously required to attend weddings or visit nursing homes.
He said the pass is a condition to "allow economic activities to remain open " and for Italians to continue to sit in restaurants and bars "with the guarantee of being surrounded by people who are not contagious ".
In April, while epidemics increased in hospitals where healthcare professionals had chosen not to be vaccinated, Italy became the first country toEurope to make vaccinations compulsory for medical personnel. About 15% of Italian teachers are still not vaccinated and the government is currently debating whether to extend the mandate to school staff.
" School is a top priority, "Speranza said." We need to assess all the tools available to catch the remaining 15%. "