Italy has extended the use of the COVID-19 certificate since Wednesday. It is mandatory when traveling on high-speed and intercity trains, planes, ferries and interregional buses.
A so-called Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate that tells you that a person has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, tested negative or infected.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced a covid pass system early in the summer to encourage people to vaccinate. Until now, a pass was required for entry to indoor dining venues, cinemas, theaters, museums and monuments, swimming pools, gyms, amusement parks, sports and trade fairs.
From Wednesday, September 1, the COVID certificate must be presented with the ticket at the time of pre-travel checks by train, plane, long-distance buses and ferries. – They’re right to ask for a Green Pass. If you don’t want to get vaccinated, stay home and don’t travel, said Roman resident Alessia Colombi.
Coronavirus – strikes
Not everyone shares this position. Reuters agency indicated that the opponents of changes on Wednesday announced demonstrations that were to block rail traffic.
However, Italian media reported that the announcements of blockades of stations and trains by opponents of sanitary passes published on the Internet have not been confirmed. On Tuesday, the interior ministry there warned that it will apply the principle of zero tolerance against the organizers and participants of illegal protests and acts of violence that will disrupt the operation of the railways.
Small groups of protesters came to some stations in the country. Some of them shouted at the soldiers and law enforcement officers whose reinforced patrols guard the station and access it. People with tickets are admitted.
One aggressive demonstrator was detained in front of the Turin train station. In front of the main station in Florence, anti-vaccines organized a rally against what they said was the “sanitary dictatorship”.
Also, from Wednesday, in Italy, the requirement for COVID passes by school employees is in force. Some schools, where retake exams and preparations for the inauguration of the school year are underway, were not admitted to teachers without such a document.
Coronavirus – Italy
129,221 people have died from the coronavirus in Italy since the start of the pandemic. In this respect, in Europe, a higher result was recorded only in Great Britain. Reuters noted that the number of new infections remained relatively stable in August, but doctors fear the more infectious Delta variant could spike cases in the coming weeks.
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