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

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.

People shop in Venice.
The Veneto region around Venice is among the areas designated Covid 'yellow' zones. Photo: ANDREA PATTARO / AFP

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).

READ ALSO: What are Italy’s new rules for Covid ‘yellow’ zones?

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.

Member comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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

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Italy cuts Covid isolation period as infection rate falls further

The isolation period for symptomatic Covid cases will be cut from seven days to five as Italy’s epidemiological situation improved again, according to an update from the health ministry on Wednesday.

Italy cuts Covid isolation period as infection rate falls further

The Italian health ministry signed off on a new set of Covid isolation rules on Wednesday after months of speculation about whether the isolation period in place all summer could be scrapped.

Under the update, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus and shows symptoms must immediately self-isolate for five days instead of the previous seven, and must test negative – via either a molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test – at the end of that period, as well as being asymptomatic for two days.

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

Should the patient continue to test positive, they must remain in isolation until they get a negative test result. The maximum length of the isolation period was however cut to 14 days, down from 21.

Testing should be carried out at a registered pharmacy or testing centre. The results of home tests are not seen as valid for this purpose.

The isolation requirement applies to everyone including those who are fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid.

The changes came in a circular signed on Wednesday by the health ministry’s director of prevention, Gianni Rezza.

The circular, published on Thursday morning, said the rules had been relaxed “as a result of the cessation of the state of emergency” and based on health data analysis by Italy’s Higher Health Institute on August 24th.

The infection rate in Italy has been falling since mid-July.

The number of new infections recorded over the previous 24 hours on Wednesday was 21,817, with a test positivity rate of 13 percent.

Politicians from several parties criticised the decision to keep isolation rules in place, claiming this could affect voter turnout at elections on September 25th.

Italy’s outgoing health minister, Roberto Speranza, said this wasn’t an issue: “Just as with the last elections, there is the option of voting from home, as is done for the infirm,” he told news agency Ansa.

Italy does not currently require visitors from any country to test negative on arrival, as long as they are fully boosted, were recently vaccinated, or have recently recovered from Covid.

Read more about getting tested while in Italy in a separate article here.

For more information about Italy’s Covid health regulations, see the health ministry’s website.