Italy is struggling with considerable problems because pharmacies that test for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are crowded. Thousands of people, including many young people, undergo tests to obtain the COVID-19 pass, the so-called Green Pass. It is required for admission to many places, including, for example, restaurants, cinemas, monuments or amusement parks.
Massive influx of lightning fast tests performed in many pharmacies in Italy It began just before the peak of holiday trips, falling in mid-August. Entire families and many young people come to the research. Queues line up not only in big cities, but also in popular tourist destinations.
On the island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples, tourists who are there are doing tests to be able to enter restaurants and clubs.
“This unfortunately means that many people are not vaccinated yet,” commented Nicola Stabile of the pharmacy owners’ federation.
Green Pass in Italy
Under the government regulation, the COVID-19 pass, the so-called pass, has been required in Italy since August 6 Green Pass at the entrance to indoor dining options, cinemas, theaters, monuments, museums, swimming pools, gyms, amusement parks, fairs and sports. Such a document is issued on the basis of a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, recovery from an infection or a negative test result from the last 48 hours.
Another phenomenon is also noted: an increase in sales of coronavirus home tests, also available in some supermarkets. Pharmacists argue that the tests should be done by specialists. Moreover, in their opinion, it is worrying that in this way the testing of the population takes place out of control. Moreover, they say, positive people usually do not report it and their contacts are not established.
– The risk is huge, but we cannot block the sale of such tests, because there is a European regulation that must be respected. However, we advise you to rely on professionals, said Roberto Tobia from the pharmacy federation.
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