Sicily’s governor has ordered all migrant residences on the Italian island to be shut down by Monday, a part of a push-back by Italian areas alarmed by a surge in COVID-19 cases a couple of weeks earlier than colleges are to reopen.
However whereas some new migrants have examined constructive, vacationers coming back from Mediterranean Sea resorts overseas as properly from the Italian island of Sardinia recently have accounted for a lot extra of Italy’s new coronavirus infections.
On Saturday, Italy registered 1,071 new cases, the very best day by day quantity since mid-Might and solely weeks after the nation had seen the variety of day-to-day new infections plunge to about 200.
The Lazio area, which incorporates Rome, surpassed hard-hit Lombardy on Saturday for the very best day by day new caseload, as returning vacationers acquired examined at Rome-area airports and a port north of the Italian capital.
On the mainland, a lot of the newest cases have been linked to vacationers coming from overseas. These arriving from Spain, Malta, Greece and Croatia should be examined inside 48 hours of coming into Italy, after these locations began experiencing worrisome upticks in coronavirus infections.
And plenty of latest coronavirus clusters have been traced to individuals who vacationed on Sardinia. With many individuals taking ferries from Sardinia to the Italian mainland, Lazio arrange a testing facility at Civitavecchia’s dock, so these driving automobiles off the boats may line up for instant testing.
Lazio Gov. Nicola Zingaretti appealed to the governor of Sardinia to check vacationers earlier than they sail or fly from the island to the mainland, saying his area would do the identical for vacationers leaving for Sardinia.
In Sicily, Gov. Nello Musumeci’s ordinance took impact on Sunday, requiring all migrants who attain the island by sea be transferred off as a part of measures to fight the unfold of COVID-19.
It stipulates that every one facilities housing migrants awaiting processing of asylum functions be shut down by the tip of Monday. His order, efficient by means of Sept. 10, additionally forbids any boat, together with charity vessels, to convey migrants to the island.
However the nationwide authorities, not regional governors, are in cost of migrant insurance policies and Musumeci acknowledged that his directive could be challenged in courtroom.
On Saturday, migrants accounted for 16 of Sicily’s 48 confirmed infections.
Though in previous years, almost all migrants reaching Italy by sea have been rescued by humanitarian teams, cargo ships or navy vessels, this 12 months, almost 80% of arrivals reached Italian shores on their very own, most setting sail from Tunisia.
Many come ashore on tiny Lampedusa island, whose migrant residence is dangerously overcrowded. Italy has taken to quarantining the most recent arrivals aboard chartered ferries offshore Sicily.
“I can’t ask our individuals to maintain a (secure) distance, put on masks and do different measures whereas the state amasses individuals in two rooms,” Musumeci mentioned, referring to the migrant facilities.
Gov. Vincenzo De Luca, who leads the Campania area together with Naples, raised the chance that if the day by day infections numbers turn into “alarming, we’ll ask the federal government to convey again the boundaries” on touring between areas that have been in pressure by means of a lot of Italy’s lockdown.
Some wrote off De Luca’s warning as posturing earlier than gubernatorial elections in a number of areas, together with his personal, in September.
“What is he going to do, ship in the Carabinieri (to dam these outdoors his area from coming into)?” Tuscany Gov. Enrico Rossi informed the Corriere della Sera newspaper.