Italy

    • Covid-19 Green Pass will be mandatory for all workers in Italy

      Covid-19 Green Pass will be mandatory for all workers in Italy

      The Italian government approved on Thursday some of the strictest anti-Covid measures in the world, making it obligatory for all workers either to show proof of vaccination, a negative test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reported. The new rules will come into force on 15 October in the latest effort by PM Mario Draghi's broad coalition to persuade people to get inoculated and blunt contagion in one of the countries worst-hit by the virus.

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    • Italy tightens requirement for Covid Green Pass

      Italy tightens requirement for Covid Green Pass

      The Italian government of PM Mario Draghi on Thursday announced it would tighten requirements for proof of vaccination in the education and care sectors, news wires reported. Anyone entering schools or universities, including parents and non-teaching staff, will from 10 October have to provide a "green pass," which shows proof of vaccination, recovery from or a negative test for Covid-19.

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    • Italy to make Covid vaccine compulsory for all after EMA full approval

      Italy to make Covid vaccine compulsory for all after EMA full approval

      Italy may eventually make COVID-19 inoculations compulsory for everyone of eligible age, and plans to start administering booster vaccine shots later this month to vulnerable people, Reuters reported, citing PM Mario Draghi as saying on Thursday. The government has already made it mandatory for medical workers to get vaccinated if they want to be paid, but Draghi said everyone may be obliged to get a shot when EU health authorities give full approval to the vaccines.

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    • Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday denounced a "climate of hatred" against the Covid-19 vaccination campaign after receiving death threats on social media, Reuters reported. "This is a worrying escalation, a climate of hatred which harms the country but will not stop the vaccination campaign," Di Maio wrote on Facebook of the threats. Protests are planned on Wednesday against the government's health pass, which restricts access to an array of services to those who cannot show they have received at least one does of the vaccine, have recently tested negative or recovered.

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    • Rome is under siege of wildfires

      Rome is under siege of wildfires

      High temperatures and dry weather assisted the spread of wildfires in Southern Europe with Italy being one of the worst hit. The wildfires advanced as far as the suburbs of the Italian capital Rome, Reuters elaborated. Local residents were evacuated from small communities around 40 km east of the ancient city. A wildfire broke out as the Italian capital faced temperatures of around 37 degrees Celsius.

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    • NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €24.9bn in pre-financing to Italy

      NextGenerationEU: European Commission disburses €24.9bn in pre-financing to Italy

      The European Commission on Friday disbursed €24.9bn to Italy in pre-financing, equivalent to 13% of the country's grant and loan allocation under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), EC Press service reported. The Italian plan is part of the unprecedented EU response to emerge stronger from the COVID-19 crisis, fostering the green and digital transitions and strengthening resilience and cohesion in our societies. Italy is one of the first countries receiving a pre-financing payment under the RRF.

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    • Italy reports all-time temperature record

      Italy reports all-time temperature record

      Italy recorded on Wednesday an all-time European heat record with 48.8 Celsius measured in Sicily, news wires reported. The record temperature, which still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), was reported close to the city of Syracuse, in the southeast of the island.

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