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Italy limits quarantines to avoid paralysis of the country

  • The new measures will benefit only those vaccinated

  • The decision of the Draghi Government comes at a time when there are between two and three million Italians confined after having tested positive or having had contact with a positive

Infinite queues for a week ahead from pharmacies and laboratories to be tested for covid, systems of tracking systems collapsed in almost all regions of the country, hysteria, and a strong fear for the paralysis of the system due to the large number of people in quarantine . In this chaotic scenario, triggered by the exponential advance of the omicron variant – less lethal, but highly contagious and faster incubating -, the Government of Mario Draghi has decided this Wednesday not to wait any longer, and has chosen to announce a review of his measures to contain the pandemic .

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    Thus, just on the day in which a new record of cases of covid-19 -98,000 in 24 hours, while about 140 deaths were reported-, the Italian Executive last night discussed the possibility that those vaccinated with three doses can avoid quarantines if come into contact with a positive, and would only be forced to use the FFP2 masks for 10 days. The same rule will be valid for those who have received the second dose for less than four months, and that, as in the previous case, do not show symptoms. On the contrary, the unvaccinated will not benefit from the relaxation of the norms.

    The truth is that, in recent days, in some cities of the country there have already been scenes of chaos and tension by the situation. In the city of Milan, the carabinieri had to intervene to appease the spirits of some angry citizens who had 10 hours waiting to perform a pcr due to a malfunction of the computer systems of a hospital. In Perugia, a pharmacist was assaulted by a man who was enraged to learn that self-diagnostic tests for the coronavirus had been completed, a commodity that also in Rome has become difficult to find, while, in the Piedmont region, they were canceled (until January 9) 36 train journeys due to lack of personnel.

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