Restrictions and quarantines will be applied by modules, according to 3 levels of risk in the 20 regions of the country. They close businesses and the movement between zones is prevented.
This Monday, thanks to the fact that less controls are carried out on Sunday, the infected fell to 22,253, with 233 deaths. Besieged by the uncontrolled increase in infections, which reached 31 thousand a day on Saturday, the increase in the number of deaths and seriously ill patients in hospitals, the Italian government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte launched this Monday from Parliament a plan modular of restrictions and quarantines (“red zones”) that is articulated in three risk levels of the twenty Italian regions, whose data will be controlled every week.
This system will work automatically based on contagion rates of the regions. Lombardy, with capital in Milan, and Piedmont (Turin) have the worst data. The objective is to immobilize the country and isolate the majority of the inhabitants to reduce the circulation of the pandemic, which has already cost more than 38 thousand dead in Italy.
The measures of the three specific levels will be known on Tuesday and it transpired that it contains the extension of the national curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. reduction to 50% of the capacity of public transport means, the transfer of regions will be prevented to avoid mass escapes of the riskiest, shops will be closed non-essential, museums, cinemas theaters and performance halls.
It is also established that Distance Didactics (by Internet) in schools are extended to the last three years of the secondary cycle. It was not reported whether the three regional risk level modules will impose regional closures of schools.
These modules will be based at the RT level, contagion index, established at level 1. Eleven regions even exceed level 1.5, and regions as important as Lombardy and Piedmont have reached 2.02 and 2.06, respectively.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the measures in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, where he went on after an arduous debate because the opposition answers the government’s strategic lines, although the regions, mostly in the hands of the opposition center-right, managed to get the government to adopt measures at the national level, without placing responsibility on the governors of each region, despite the fact that until recently Little did they demand more autonomy in matters of the corona virus epidemic.
In the first phase of the epidemic, whose most critical phase took place in March and April, the government established the national quarantine from March 10 to May 3, with a duration of 72 days. In this period, the majority of Italians were prohibited from leaving their homes except for reasons of home shopping, health or work. The “non-essential” industries were closed, shops closed, restricted movements imposed on public transport and the total closure of schools, which only reopened on September 14. This so-called “phase 1” of the pandemic had a remarkable success and the levels of infected and dead fell to minimum levels.
But a “phase 2” was announced that arrived earlier than expected, because already in the summer, July and August, the sick and the victims rose again. mass summer transgressions of young people and many adults. In September, it was realized that “phase 2” seemed inevitable, but many preventive measures were not taken by the continuous collisions of the interests of sectors. But at the end of the month the infected were only 976. A month later, last Saturday, the infected they reached 31 thousand a day.
“There are too many people hanging around,” said the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, who must sign the ordinances that will establish the level of risk each of the twenty Italian regions is at and what restrictions they will suffer, possibly as of this Tuesday and Wednesday.
The most curious, dark and most controversial of the measures proposed by the regions, have been raised by Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria. It is about the quarantine of those over 70 years of age, ensuring that the purpose is to protect the elderly because they are the most fragile against the action of the virus.
In reality, the tough discussions were unleashed because the governor of Liguria (Genoa), Giovanni Toti, wrote that measures had to be taken because the vast majority of the fatal victims of the pandemic are the elderly. Toti cited last week’s data and wrote in passing that the elderly “They are not indispensable” in productive activity.
As the “finimondo” exploded, Toti clarified that they had twisted their intentions, that he asked to protect the elderly, not get rid of them to leave free beds for the younger ones. He said he was proposing a plan to increase protection and one measure was to keep them at home, including ensuring public home care. But the suspicion has remained in the air.
Italy is one of the countries with the oldest people in the world and Liguria a region full of old men. Already in “phase 1” of the epidemic, it is estimated that of the 30,000 deaths that occurred only in March and April, the vast majority were elderly, many staying in the homes regional Terrible stories of loneliness and abandonment were uncovered. In intensive care, doctors had to choose who they accepted to try to save and who was left to their own devices. Old they always lost.