Four more Italian regions declared Covid ‘yellow' zones as infections rise

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The Local Italy - [email protected] • 17 Dec, 2021 Updated Fri 17 Dec 2021 16:46 CEST
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A view shows people walk under Christmas decorations installed in a deserted shopping arcade by St. Mark's Square on December 4, 2020 in Venice, during the government's restriction measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus. - The Italian government imposed tighter restrictions to italian regions on December 4 as it tries to stem escalating new cases of coronavirus during the Christmas holidays. (Photo by ANDREA PATTARO / AFP)

More of Italy's regions and autonomous provinces will be classed as moderate-risk Covid 'yellow' zones from Monday following a further rise in cases and hospitalisations.


The regions of Liguria, Marche, Veneto and the autonomous province of Trento are to lose their low-risk 'white' zone status from Monday December 20th under Italy's four-tiered system of Covid restrictions under an ordinance signed by Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Friday afternoon, according to Italian media reports.

The ministry reclassified the four areas after they exceeded the maximum thresholds for Covid infection rates, hospitalisations and intensive care admissions according to the latest data from the Higher Health Institute (ISS).

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These areas will join Calabria, Friuli Venezia Giulia and the autonomous province of Bolzano, which are already under yellow zone rules.

The rest of the country remains under white zone rules for at least one more week.


Having yellow zone restrictions reimposed will, among other things, mean a return to wearing a face mask in all public places, both indoors and outdoors.

Several more regions could also have their risk level raised in the coming weeks, according to the latest health data.

In total, nine of Italy's regions or autonomous provinces have exceeded the ten percent threshold for the number of ICU beds occupied by Covid-19 patients, the ISS report said.

MAP: The Italian regions becoming 'yellow' zones in December

They are Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Marche, Molise, Veneto and the provinces of Bolzano and Trento.

The nationwide incidence rate rose to 241 per 100,000 inhabitants in the week of 10-16 December 2021, up from 176 per 100,000 the week before.



The Local Italy 2021/12/17 16:46

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mfdabbs 2021/12/20 15:56
Can you supply a link of the3 actual patient data? You know the data that will show clearly just how many bof those ICU beds are occupied by sheep, oops...sorry people, who have already taken one or more clot shots? This would be USEFUL data and might just begin to open peoples' eyes
kathrynwallace 2021/12/20 10:13
That's what we're doing. This is what living with the virus means.
arneis 2021/12/18 06:49
We have to flatten the curve. We have to wear masks and socially distance. . We have to get the vax x 2. We have to get the booster. When and how will it end? Time to get on with life and learn to live with the virus.

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