Most of Italy, facing the third wave of the pandemic, will be confined again from Monday, the Italian Health Ministry announced on Friday.
The most populated regions of the peninsula, in particular Lombardy, the economic heart of the country, and Lazio, the region of Rome, will be classified in “red” (high risk), causing the closure of schools, bars and restaurants. The trips will be limited to work needs, the purchase of basic necessities and health emergencies. These measures “will take effect from Monday, March 15,” the ministry said.
In addition to Lazio and Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna (region of Bologna), Piedmont (Turin), Veneto (Venice), Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trentino, Marche (north), Puglia (boot heel to the south). These regions join Campania (Naples region, south) and Molise (south), which were already classified as “red”.
44% of Italians in favor of reconfinement
This expected announcement occurs as “During the past week, 150,175 new infections were registered against 130,816 the previous week, an increase of almost 15% ”, as Prime Minister Mario Draghi pointed out on Friday, while Italy surpassed the 100,000 dead since the start of the pandemic on Monday.
“I am aware that these measures will have consequences on the education of children, on the economy and on our psychological state of all,” admitted Mario Draghi, although according to a survey published last weekend by the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera44% of Italians are in favor, compared to 30% just two weeks earlier.