Without restrictions, Italy’s situation will get out of control

Pietro Luca Cassarino

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced tha the country still required restrictions in order to stop the COVID-19 infection from getting out of control.

While the vaccine provides hope, the measures are still needed to prevent an uncontrolled increase in infections,” Speranza told a meeting with regional governments.  

“No one should underestimate the seriousness of the situation”. The minister also said that Italy would now have “very different” COVID figures if it were not for the restrictions imposed over the Christmas holidays.

Most of Italy went back to being a “yellow zone” on Monday as the nation reverted to a tiered system of restrictions based on each region’s level of COVID-19 contagion risk after spending most of the Christmas holidays in lockdown.

However, five regions, Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Sicily and Veneto, have been classified as orange zones this week and face tougher restrictions because they have higher infection rates. In yellow zones, shops are allowed to open and restaurants and bars can serve customers until 18:00, after which time they can only do takeaway and delivery services. In orange zones, shops can still operate but bars and restaurants can only do takeaway and delivery services. A night curfew kicking in at 10pm remains in force nationwide, as does a ban on the opening of cinemas, museums, swimming pools and gyms.