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Italy to further restrict unvaccinated with “Super Green Pass”

The Italian coalition government led by Prime Minister Mario Draghi approved a new decree restricting the activities of unvaccinated people and creating what has been called a “Super Green Pass”.

The current Italian vaccine passport system, known as the Green Pass, is eligible for those who have taken a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine, recovered from the Chinese virus, or tested negative for Covid-19 within a certain timeframe. .

But the new “Super Green Pass” will only be granted to those who are considered fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from the virus, a report by Italian news agency ANSA said, with the country’s council of ministers approving. the diploma on Wednesday.

Super Green Pass holders will be allowed to engage in various activities, such as indoor dining, sports and other activities, while unvaccinated people would be banned, even in areas considered low risk, according to the color code. from the country. system.

If an area falls under the most severe color code – red – then all people, regardless of their immunization status, will be restricted. This means that all non-essential stores will be closed and other non-essential services will be interrupted, much like before the introduction of the passport system for vaccines.

Matteo Bassetti, responsible for infectious diseases at San Martino Hospital in Genoa, commented on the new decree, telling the newspaper Il Giornale: “This decision has two objectives: to secure the places where the new measure will be applied and to encourage vaccinations. It’s a way to motivate people to get vaccinated.

The newspaper notes that there have been several other changes to the Super Green Pass, including making the Super Green Pass only valid from December 6 to January 30 in low-risk areas, meaning only pass holders will be able to to stay. in hotels during the holiday season, as well as in bars and restaurants.

Vaccination warrants will also be introduced for teachers, school staff, agents of the administration of health services, the police and members of the Italian armed forces. Workplaces that require the basic Green Pass will still be allowed to present negative coronavirus tests.

The national-conservative leader of the Brothers of Italy (FdI), Giorgia Meloni, leader of the only major opposition party to Draghi’s grand coalition government, criticized the new decree.

“Draghi and [Health Minister Roberto] Speranza admits they laughed at the Italians when they promised that using the government pass, even for work, would guarantee freedom. They do not exclude the extension of the state of emergency, they still modify the duration of the Green Pass without providing scientific data, and there is no doubt about the vaccination of children, ”said Meloni on Facebook.

“We would expect an apology and acceptance that the strategy used so far has not worked, but it has not worked that way,” she added, claiming that Draghi introduced “more sanctions and more restrictions on citizens’ rights, no intervention to solve the structural problems with which Italy has been burdened since the start of the pandemic”.

The introduction of the Green Pass to workplaces last month sparked protests, some of which turned violent. Earlier this month, the government raided the homes of anti-passport protesters, arguing that dangerous elements were trying to cause violence and chaos during the protests.

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