Covid-19: All of Italy expected to be under ‘white zone’ rules by mid-June

Four more regions will turn 'white' next week, the Italian health ministry confirmed on Friday, with the rest of the country expected to follow later this month.

Covid-19: All of Italy expected to be under 'white zone' rules by mid-June
People on the Ponte della Paglia bridge in Venice on June 3rd. Photo: ANDREA PATTARO / AFP

Based on the latest health data, the Italian regions of Abruzzo, Liguria, Umbria and Veneto will be in the low-risk white zone from Monday June 7th, the health ministry stated.

The latest weekly coronavirus monitoring report from the health ministry and the Higher Health Institute (ISS) on Friday confirmed Italy’s coronavirus numbers had continued to fall for another week.

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The national average Rt reproduction number had dropped to 0.68 from 0.72, it said.

“Abruzzo, Umbria, Liguria and Veneto for the third consecutive week have under 50 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and from Monday they are in the white zone,” said ISS head Silvio Brusaferro at a press conference.

“If the trend continues like this, by the second week of June all of Italy will be in the white zone,” he added.

He said there had been an “immediate” fall in the contagion curve and the number of cases after the vaccine rollout gathered pace recently.

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Most, if not all, regions have long been expected to be downgraded this month if the situation continues to improve.

The regions moving into white zones will be able to drop the last remaining restrictions, and reopen indoor restaurants and bars, fairs, theme parks, conferences and indoor swimming pools and hold weddings earlier than planned under the national roadmap for reopening.

So far, only mask-wearing and social distancing rules must remain in place in white zones, the health minister has said.

For now, nightclubs and discos are still suspended and it is not known if or when Italy may relax the rules on wearing masks outdoors.

The regions of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Molise and Sardinia were the first to be placed under white zone rules earlier this week.

On Tuesday, cafes and restaurants in all regions were allowed to serve customers indoors once again and sports stadiums reopened to the public as rules were eased further.

Italy on Friday reported 2,557 new cases and 73 more victims. The test positivity rate was 1.1%.

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Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

The mandatory EU-wide mask requirement for air travel is set to be dropped from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still require passengers to wear masks on some or all flights

Covid face mask rule on flights in Europe set to be eased

Europe-wide facemask rules on flights are set to be ditched as early as next week in light of new recommendations from health and air safety experts.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) dropped recommendations for mandatory mask-wearing in airports and during flights in updated Covid-19 safety measures for travel issued on Wednesday, May 11th.

The new rules are expected to be rolled out from Monday, May 16th, but airlines may still continue to require the wearing of masks on some or all of flights. And the updated health safety measures still say that wearing a face mask remains one of the best ways to protect against the transmission of the virus.

The joint EASA/ECDC statement reminded travellers that masks may still be required on flights to destinations in certain countries that still require the wearing of masks on public transport and in transport hubs.

It also recommends that vulnerable passengers should continue to wear a face mask regardless of the rules, ideally an FFP2/N95/KN95 type mask which offers a higher level of protection than a standard surgical mask.

“From next week, face masks will no longer need to be mandatory in air travel in all cases, broadly aligning with the changing requirements of national authorities across Europe for public transport,” EASA executive director Patrick Ky said in the statement. 

“For passengers and air crews, this is a big step forward in the normalisation of air travel. Passengers should however behave responsibly and respect the choices of others around them. And a passenger who is coughing and sneezing should strongly consider wearing a face mask, for the reassurance of those seated nearby.”  

ECDC director Andrea Ammon added: “The development and continuous updates to the Aviation Health Safety Protocol in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic have given travellers and aviation personnel better knowledge of the risks of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. 

“While risks do remain, we have seen that non-pharmaceutical interventions and vaccines have allowed our lives to begin to return to normal. 

“While mandatory mask-wearing in all situations is no longer recommended, it is important to be mindful that together with physical distancing and good hand hygiene it is one of the best methods of reducing transmission. 

“The rules and requirements of departure and destination states should be respected and applied consistently, and travel operators should take care to inform passengers of any required measures in a timely manner.”