An Italian MP fled parliament after being chased by security officials for holding up protest signs saying ‘no green pass’. Video footage shows many MPs following him and holding similar signs. It comes as the Italian government, seeking to contain a new wave of coronavirus cases, announced on Thursday that starting next month, people will need to show proof of immunity to access a range of services and activities. Recreation.
From August 6, the pass will be mandatory to go to gymnasiums, swimming pools, sports stadiums, museums, spas, casinos and cinemas. Eating in covered restaurants also requires a pass.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi told reporters: “The Green Pass is essential if we are to keep businesses open. “
However, divisions within his unity government meant that proposals to include trains, public transport and domestic flights in the pass system were to be scrapped for now, the right-wing League party. warning that it would kill tourism.
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The Green Pass was introduced in Italy last month, but until now it was only needed to travel within the European Union and to access nursing homes or large wedding receptions in Italy.
The government’s decision to expand its scope follows a similar move by France this month and underlines growing concern over the highly contagious Delta variant.
The number of new coronavirus infections recorded in Italy doubled in the past week, reaching 5,057 on Thursday.
England must allow people visiting from the United States and the EU who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus to enter without the need for quarantine.
The new rules will be in place from 4 am Monday, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps expressing hope that the United States will become more relaxed to allow the British to visit “on time”.
But after a few encouraging days in which the number of UK Covid-19 cases rose from over 50,000 on July 17 to 27,734 on Wednesday at 9 a.m., Labor has issued warnings about the impact of the changes. of travel.