Vacationers, migrants drive Italy’s surge in COVID instances


Rome, August 23

Sicily’s governor has ordered all migrant residences on the Italian island to be shut down by Monday, a part of a push-back by Italian areas alarmed by a surge in COVID-19 instances a number of weeks earlier than faculties are to reopen.

But whereas some new migrants have examined constructive, vacationers coming back from Mediterranean Sea resorts overseas as nicely from the Italian island of Sardinia these days have accounted for a lot extra of Italy’s new coronavirus infections.

On Saturday, Italy registered 1,071 new instances, the best each day quantity since mid-May and solely weeks after the nation had seen the variety of day-to-day new infections plunge to about 200.

The Lazio area, which incorporates Rome, surpassed hard-hit Lombardy on Saturday for the best each day new caseload, as returning travellers obtained examined at Rome-area airports and a port north of the Italian capital.

On the mainland, many of the newest instances have been linked to travellers coming from overseas.

Those arriving from Spain, Malta, Greece and Croatia should be examined inside 48 hours of coming into Italy, after these locations began experiencing worrisome upticks in coronavirus infections.

And many current coronavirus clusters have been traced to individuals who vacationed on Sardinia.

With many individuals taking ferries from Sardinia to the Italian mainland, Lazio arrange a testing facility at Civitavecchia’s dock, so these driving automobiles off the boats might line up for instant testing.

Lazio Gov. Nicola Zingaretti appealed to the governor of Sardinia to check vacationers earlier than they sail or fly from the island to the mainland, saying his area would do the identical for vacationers leaving for Sardinia.

In Sicily, Gov. Nello Musumeci’s ordinance took impact on Sunday, requiring all migrants who attain the island by sea be transferred off as a part of measures to fight the unfold of COVID-19.

It stipulates that each one facilities housing migrants awaiting processing of asylum purposes be shut down by the tip of Monday. His order, efficient by way of Sept. 10, additionally forbids any boat, together with charity vessels, to deliver migrants to the island.

But the nationwide authorities, not regional governors, are in control of migrant insurance policies and Musumeci acknowledged that his directive could be challenged in court docket.

On Saturday, migrants accounted for 16 of Sicily’s 48 confirmed infections.

Although in previous years, almost all migrants reaching Italy by sea have been rescued by humanitarian teams, cargo ships or navy vessels, this 12 months, almost 80 per cent of arrivals reached Italian shores on their very own, most setting sail from Tunisia.

Many come ashore on tiny Lampedusa island, whose migrant residence is dangerously overcrowded. Italy has taken to quarantining the most recent arrivals aboard chartered ferries offshore Sicily.

“I can’t ask our people to keep a (safe) distance, wear masks and do other measures while the state amasses people in two rooms,” Musumeci stated, referring to the migrant facilities.

Gov. Vincenzo De Luca, who leads the Campania area together with Naples, raised the chance that if the each day infections numbers turn into “alarming, we’ll ask the government to bring back the limits” on touring between areas that have been in power by way of a lot of Italy’s lockdown.

Some wrote off De Luca’s warning as posturing earlier than gubernatorial elections in a number of areas, together with his personal, in September.

“What is he going to do, send in the Carabinieri (to block those outside his region from entering)?” Tuscany Gov. Enrico Rossi informed the Corriere della Sera newspaper. — AP



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