The closures are in addition to the curfew. Cases grow exponentially. And scientists are calling for more drastic measures.
The government ordered to close all of Italy at night from this Monday, with a night curfew extended to the entire territory, to which it added other measures to contain the advance of the pandemic. This Monday there were a total of 124 thousand tests, much less than the usual ones, and the total number of daily infected contracted to 17,012, compared to 21 thousand on Saturday and Sunday. 141 deaths were registered, bringing the total to 37,479 deaths.
With terror many followed the news that in France they are marching rapidly to the one hundred thousand infections a day, which made the specter of a rigid quarantine more immediate and real that will be inevitable if the third package of measures implemented in Italy in less than three weeks is demonstrated again insufficient.
The nationwide curfew that came into force aims to ensure the immobilization of as many people as possible as of six in the afternoon, the time that since this Monday bars and restaurants closed. The closure of gyms, swimming pools and cinemas, theaters and halls concerts and other shows. Marriage parties, baptisms and other ceremonies were prohibited.
Last “voluntary” call by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to the population who rang a last warning with the “strong recommendation” that reduce mobility to essential activities.
In the streets and in the premises you can see more and more that a part of Italy quarantine startedBecause social isolation and rigid immobility represent the only possibility of reducing the exponential rate of expansion of the corona virus.
Walter Ricciardi, advisor to Health Minister Roberto Speranza, criticized the new restrictions as “insufficient”. “They are a step forward but they will not face the circulation of the virus at this time.”
“The measures must be proportionate to the increasing speed of Covid-19, which has become uncontrolled. More aggressive measures are needed, because the RT contagion index has reached 2.5 ”, he said.
The official stated that a study in 131 countries showed that “the only thing that works with this contagion index is a national quarantine.”
If applied, he affirmed, the expansion is reduced by 24%. If the closure of schools is added, another 15% is added, he added, and if a maximum work at home for the public and private is forced, another 13% is increased.
“The limitation of the means of public transport adds another 13% and with the 65-70% reduction the effects will be visible eight days later “. The government fears that these extreme measures will ruin the economy and unleash open social clashes.
In three weeks of this month, the constant increase in infections broke out, which went from 978 on the last day of September to more than 21 thousand this weekend.
Museums, parks and playgrounds for children remain open, but public income they are reduced and it is mandatory to maintain the safety distance.
More mandatory than ever also the use of chinstraps, the “masks”, both outdoors and indoors.
A measure that ignited more controversy established that the last three years of high school students must stay at home with the DAN system (Didactics at a distance), already partially applied.
Those who go shopping should not delay in business, stay only the time to make their purchases.
The governors of the 19 Italian regions and two autonomous provinces will be able to make minor changes with specific ordinances.