The increase comes just as the economy has begun to recover, and the government wants to avoid new closure measures.
From 6 December, only people who have been vaccinated against or recovered after having covid-19 will be allowed to eat indoors at a restaurant and go to the cinema and sporting events.
In the past, unvaccinated people have been admitted if they could show a negative coronal test.
In addition, Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government makes vaccination mandatory for police officers, the military and all school staff, among others. Previously, only people who worked in the health service and in nursing homes had to be vaccinated.
Draghi says the measures are necessary to prevent a “rapid but steady” increase in infection and at the same time prevent the EU’s third largest economy, which shrank by 8.9 percent last year, from falling apart.
Rising infection trend
The infection is on its way up in Italy, but is admittedly lower than in many other EU countries. An average of 10,000 new cases of infection and fewer than 100 deaths per day are currently registered.
Since the start of the pandemic, nearly five million people in Italy have been diagnosed with coronavirus. 133,330 people have died as a result. It shows numbers from Johns Hopkins University.
Italy suffered one of the world’s worst outbreaks early in the pandemic. In retrospect, most of the Italian public has embraced vaccination. Over 43, 8 million people are fully vaccinated, which makes up almost 73 percent of the population, but there are no longer as many unvaccinated people who can be vaccinated.
Robert Burioni, a virologist at a university in Milan, says The New York Times that the strict measures that come with the corona passport may have motivated the younger generation to get vaccinated.
– What is surprising is the vaccination rate for people between 19 and 29 years, says Burioni, who estimates it to be closer to 84 percent.
– These are very high numbers, he says.
Hard hit tourism industry
The concern is particularly high in the country’s tourism industry before winter, as the virus spreads more easily.
Authorities in the north of the country are desperate to keep the ski industry, which normally earns 1.2 billion euros (just over 12 billion kroner) and employs 5,000 permanent workers and 10,000 seasonal workers, open after two seasons have been lost as a result of the pandemic.
– We have begun to return to normal. We want to maintain this, says Draghi.
(©NTB / TV 2)