Italy: 3 Million Recovered from COVID-19

Tourists are seen on a bridge in Venice, Italy, Feb. 23, 2020. A total of 152 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy, including three deaths and one recovery, said Angelo Borrelli, head of the country's civil protection department, on Sunday. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting).

Italy registered 10,680 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while the number of recoveries added up to nearly 3 million, official data showed.

The increase in active infections started growing again by the second half of February, after a long downward trend registered since the end of November 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.

Of the total 570,096 active infections, 537,574 people are currently quarantined at home with mild or no symptoms, while 28,785 are hospitalised with symptoms and 3,737 are in intensive care units.

The Health Ministry also registered 9,323 fresh recoveries on Monday, which pushed the total number of people cured to 2,997,522 since the pandemic officially broke out here in late February 2020.

A man wearing a face mask walks past a rapid test for COVID-19 point in Rome, Italy, Jan. 27, 2021. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Meanwhile, the lockdown for the Easter holidays, April 3-5, came to an end on Monday.

All non-essential movements between the 20 regions, between municipalities, and within the same city were banned, although people were allowed to share the festivity at home with two adult guests and children.

After being all into the “red zone”, which means the highest risk and strictest rules, for the three days, some 11 regions by Tuesday will be moved again into the “orange zone”, which means medium risk and medium restrictions, while the other nine will remain red until the end of April.

From Tuesday to April 30, passengers flying from Austria, the UK and Israel will be allowed to undergo a shorter period of quarantine, five days instead of the previous 14, after entering Italy, according to a Health Ministry regulation.

As for the vaccination campaign across the country with a population of 60 million, over 11.2 million people have been administered the authorised jabs till Monday, and 3.4 million of them have received both doses, official figures showed.

Health workers, elders, and other workers at risk were among the campaign’s priorities.

Some 91.67 per cent of health staff have been vaccinated and 76.28 per cent have had the second dose till April 2, government figures show.

Data also showed 68 per cent of school workers have been given the first jab, but only 0.59 per cent the second one.

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