As Italy's coronavirus situation continues to worsen, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza decided on Monday that the following regions should become orange (medium risk) zones: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Liguria, Tuscany and Umbria.
The decision was based on Italy's latest health data, with warnings from the Higher Health Institute (ISS).
The situation continues to worsen and justifies the adoption of more restrictive interventions”, director of the Health ministry's prevention department, Gianni Rezza, on Monday evening
Following the alert, the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza on Monday signed the new ordinance late on Monday night after a lengthy meeting with the Technical Scientific Committee (CTS).
This means Italy's regions are now divided as follows, as of November 11th:
Red zone: Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d'Aosta, Calabria.
Orange zone: Liguria, Tuscany, Abruzzo, Basilicata, Umbria, Puglia, Sicily.
Yellow zone: Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Province of Trento, Sardinia, Veneto.
The Local understands that ministers also discussed making the hard-hit Campania region a red or orange zone. For now, it remains yellow.
Monday's weekly monitoring report from the Ministry of Health and the ISS gave a worrying picture of the coronavirus situation across the country.
“All regions are classified as being at high risk of an uncontrolled and unmanageable epidemic, or at moderate risk with a high probability of progressing to high risk in the coming weeks,” the report read.
Orange zones face slightly less severe restrictions than red zones.
People in regions set to to move from yellow to orange zone restrictions will no longer be allowed to enter or leave their municipality or region without “proven” work or health-related reasons for doing so.
Bars and restaurants will close, though takeaway and delivery is still allowed.
People in red and orange zones are also asked not to move around within their municipality unless necessary.
The entire country remains under an evening curfew between 10pm and 5am.
Italy last week introduced the tiered system of restrictions, which is based on 21 different criteria
, as it sought to avoid a second nationwide lockdown.