isItaly and France have asked citizens to prove they have been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 to resume their pre-pandemic life activities, attempting to combat another outbreak caused by the highly transmissible delta variant .
COVID-19 VARIANTS ARE WATCHING HEALTH OFFICERS
“The ‘green pass’ is an instrument that Italians have been using for several weeks … We have used this tool for certain special cases to participate, for example, in a wedding”, noted Thursday, the Italian Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. “With this decree, we are extending the use of this tool to other activities and services quite significantly. “
From August 6, Italian citizens will have to use the green pass to to access most cultural or entertainment venues, such as sports stadiums, gymnasiums and museums. People must also pass certification to eat indoors in restaurants.
Over 40 million Italians have already registered to use the electronic attestation since its debut on July 1, Speranza said. Green Pass allows residents of all European Union countries – as well as non-EU Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein – to bypass mandatory quarantine requirements when visiting other Member States.
Italian government officials said on Thursday that consistent use of the green pass would protect the country’s fragile recovering economy as the delta variant increases in parts of the continent, with unvaccinated young people accounting for most of the new confirmed infections.
“The Italian economy is recovering well,” said Italian President Mario Draghi. “We have learned that without reacting immediately, the reality that seems far from other countries presents itself to us. What we see happening in France, England, Spain, etc., we have to assume that it can be repeated if Italy. “
French President Emmanuel Macron instituted a similar decree earlier this month, going further than other EU countries to impose digital certification to engage in most leisure activities in museums, cinemas, public swimming pools, sports venues, etc. . The requirement went into effect on Wednesday and is expected to last for at least part of August.
“Vaccination is not immediately mandatory for everyone, but we will extend the health pass as much as possible in order to push as many of you as possible to get vaccinated,” Macron said. noted.
Online vaccination appointments skyrocketed shortly after Macron’s speech, causing the French online health portal Doctolib.fr to crash. Nearly 212,000 people scheduled their appointments for the first dose of vaccine this weekend, which is 40% more registrations than previous weekends. A week after Macron’s announcement, the number of new appointments made online inflated to 3.7 million.
“Since the start of the week, 3.1 million injections have been performed. Last week that figure was 2.8 million. We are heading for a new record week ”, Doctolib.fr announcement Friday.
But Macron has come under scrutiny for what French protesters argued was government overbreadth. They gathered in their thousands across the country with signs reading “Hands Off My Natural Immunity” and “Freedom to Choose”.
Infection rates have increased in recent weeks in southern European countries where tourism is key to economic recovery. Now, the return of foreign visitors to popular destinations looks murky. New contaminations in France jumped 286% over the past two weeks.
In Spain, infections increased by around 104% during this period and by 49% in Portugal. In Italy, cases have increased by 209% in the past two weeks, equivalent to more than 35,200 confirmed cases during that period.
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The idea of requiring proof of immunity in the United States was unpopular, mostly among representatives of the Republican state when it was debated earlier this spring. The Biden administration has already ruled out a federal mandate to document vaccination status as a condition for resuming normal living activities, such as shopping and dining out.
Yet some Democratic-led states, such as New York and Hawaii, have give people the possibility to use digital certifications. In contrast, several red states, such as Arizona and Florida, have banned all forms of vaccine passports.
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