Now Italy goes into Covid panic mode – 7M unvaccinated face lockdown like Austria, Germany

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The governors of five Italian sates, with a combined population of roughly 12.6 million, are backing restrictions which prevent unvaccinated citizens from living normal lives while allowing those who are fully vaccinated to live more freely. More than 8,500 Covid cases were reported across Italy on November 12, according to the Reuters Covid tracker – the highest figure recorded since early May 2021.

While the number of reported deaths remain relatively low, a number of state officials have argued that firm action should be taken now.

Governor Massimiliano Fedriga of Friuli-Venezia Giulia said: “Eventual new lockdowns should not have to be suffered by those who are vaccinated.

“Restrictions should only apply to those who are not immunised.”

The governors of Tuscany, Calabria, Liguria and Piedmont reportedly hold the same opinion.

Their demands come after the incoming German Social Democratic government announced that it is planning to lock down 14 million unvaccinated German citizens.

Their proposals will be put to parliament for approval on Thursday.

Around 7 million Italian citizens over the age of 12 have not been vaccinated against Covid.

Italians who have chosen not to receive a vaccine already face numerous restrictions not faced by their vaccinated counterparts.

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In September, the Italian Government announced that all workers in both the private and public sectors would, from October 15, have to show a ‘Green Pass’ proving they had been vaccinated, tested or recently recovered from Covid or face having their pay stopped.

Italians must also show a “Green Pass” in order to enter restaurants, gyms and theatres.

Italy was the first country in Europe to introduce a partial lockdown in response to Covid in February 2020.

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In an interview with the Times in December 2020, Professor Neil Ferguson admitted that Sage, the Government advisory group of which he is a member, initially believed lockdowns would only work in China and not in the west.

He told the paper: “[China is] a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with [lockdown] in Europe, we thought.

“And then,” he added, “Italy did it. And we realised we could.”

If Italy chooses to enforce a lockdown on the unvaccinated, it won’t have been the first country to have done so in Europe but it could still influence powerful minds in the UK.

The UK pressure group Independent Sage recently urged the Government to impose its winter ‘Plan B’ immediately.

This would see the introduction of vaccine passports, as well as the re-introduction of work from home guidelines and face mask mandates.

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