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Germany puts 11 regions of Italy on ‘high-risk’ quarantine list

Germany has added more than half of Italy to its coronavirus risk list, meaning many people travelling between the two countries will now face mandatory quarantine.

Germany puts 11 regions of Italy on 'high-risk' quarantine list
People travelling to Germany from 11 regions of Italy will now have to quarantine. Photo: John MacDougall/AFP

As part of a major expansion of its list of Covid-19 risk areas in Europe, the German government institute responsible for monitoring public health said that 11 of Italy's 20 regions and plus one province presented “an increased risk of infection”.

That classification means that people entering Germany from one of these parts of Italy must quarantine upon arrival, effective from Saturday October 24th.

The 'high-risk areas' are:

  • Abruzzo
  • Autonomous Province of Alto Adige (South Tyrol)
  • Emilia-Romagna
  • Friuli-Venezia Giulia
  • Lazio
  • Lombardy
  • Piedmont
  • Sardinia
  • Tuscany
  • Umbria
  • Valle d'Aosta
  • Veneto

The list includes several of Italy's most popular destinations for German holidaymakers, many of whom are thought to have booked autumn breaks before the rule change was announced.

Unless they fly home before Saturday, travellers returning to Germany from a high-risk area in Italy will have to get a test and go into quarantine while they await the results. That applies to anyone who has been to one of these areas in the past two weeks, even if they're not departing from there.

The German government is in the process of changing the rules to require everyone entering from a high-risk area to quarantine for a full 14 days, unless they test negative for coronavirus after no less than five days of isolation. Some German states have already begun applying the new, stricter rules.

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Germany has also added the whole of the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland and Liechtenstein to its risk list, as well as most of Austria and parts of Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Sweden, Slovenia and Hungary.

Read more on The Local Germany.

Italy currently has no travel restrictions on Germany, meaning that travellers are free to cross from Germany into Italy without requiring a test or quarantine.

Some of Italy's neighbours have put it on their risk lists, however, including the UK (which requires travellers from Italy to quarantine upon arrival) and Switzerland, which has designated the regions of Campania, Sardinia and Veneto as risk zones.

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Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

As the infection rate rises sharply across the country, Italian virologists are calling for concerts and festivals to be rescheduled.

Covid-19: Are Italian live events at risk of being postponed?

Italy has seen a large increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in recent days, so much so that a number of virologists across the country are now urging the government to postpone major live events in a bid to curb infections. 

According to a new report by Italy’s independent health watchdog, the Gimbe Foundation, 595,349 new cases were recorded in the week from June 29th to July 5th; a worrying 55 percent increase on the previous week. 

In the same time span, the country also registered a 32.8 percent rise in the number of hospitalised patients, which went from 6,035 to 8,003.  

The latest Covid wave, which is being driven by the highly contagious Omicron 5 variant, is a “real cause for concern”, especially in terms of a “potential patient overload”, said Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. 

As Italian cities prepare to host a packed calendar of concerts and festivals this summer, health experts are questioning whether such events should actually take place given the high risk of transmission associated with mass gatherings.

READ ALSO: What tourists in Italy need to know if they get Covid-19

“Rescheduling these types of events would be the best thing to do right now,” said Massimo Ciccozzi, Director of Epidemiology at Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome. 

The summer wave is expected to peak in mid-July but, Ciccozzi warns, the upcoming live events might “delay [the peak] until the end of July or even beyond” and extend the infection curve.

Antonello Maruotti, Professor of Statistics at LUMSA University of Rome, recently shared Ciccozzi’s concerns, saying that live events as big as Maneskin’s scheduled Rome concert are “definitely not a good idea”. 

The Italian rock band are slated to perform at the Circus Maximus on Saturday, July 9th but the expected turnout – over 70,000 fans are set to attend the event – has raised objections from an array of Italian doctors, with some warning that the concert might cause as many as 20,000 new cases.

If it were to materialise, the prospected scenario would significantly aggravate Lazio’s present medical predicament as there are currently over 186,000 Covid cases in the region (nearly 800 patients are receiving treatment in local hospitals). 

Italian rock band Maneskin performing in Turin

Italian rock band Maneskin are expected to perform at the Circus Maximus in Rome on Saturday, July 9th. Photo by Marco BERTORELLO / AFP

But, despite pleas to postpone the event, it is likely that Maneskin’s concert will take place as scheduled.

Alessandro Onorato, Rome’s Tourism Councillor, said that rescheduling is “out of question” and that “all recommendations from the local medical authorities will be adopted” with the help of the event’s organisers and staff on the ground.

At the time of writing, there is also no indication that the Italian government will consider postponing other major live events scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, though the situation is evolving rapidly and a U-turn on previous dispositions can’t be ruled out.

READ ALSO: At a glance: What are the Covid-19 rules in Italy now?

On this note, it is worth mentioning that Italy has now scrapped all of its former Covid measures except the requirement to wear FFP2 face masks on public transport (though not on planes) and in healthcare settings.

The use of face coverings is, however, still recommended in all crowded areas, including outdoors – exactly the point that leading Italian doctors are stressing in the hope that live events will not lead to large-scale infection.

Antonio Magi, President of Rome’s OMCEO (College of Doctors, Surgeons and Dentists), said: “Our advice is to wear FFP2 masks […] in high-risk situations.”

“I hope that young people will heed our recommendations and think about the health risks that their parents or grandparents might be exposed to after the event [they attend].”

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