In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the Italian Council of Ministers decided to extend the emergency situation (ES) until December 31, 2021, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Thursday, July 22 at a special press conference.
“First, we are extending the emergency regime until December 31 of this year,” the minister said.
The Italian government has approved a decree on new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. In particular, the document introduces a Covid certificate for visiting restaurants and bars indoors, museums and cinemas, gyms and swimming pools, as well as cultural events. The Italian authorities have also changed the criteria for assigning color categories, through which separate packages of quarantine restrictions are introduced in certain regions.
It is noted that the decision to extend the emergency has been made for the fourth time.
In Italy, in an emergency mode, all major decisions to contain the spread of COVID-19 and overcome its consequences are promptly made by the government without mandatory parliamentary approval. Because of this, the parties of the parliamentary opposition have repeatedly opposed the extension of this regime.
According to Worldometer, as of July 22, the total number of detected cases of coronavirus infection in Italy is 4,302,393, with 4,119,607 people recovered, the number of victims of COVID-19 reached 127,920.