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Italy orders COVID exams on travellers from Greece, Spain, Croatia, Malta – Reuters India

FILE PHOTO: Italian Well being Minister Roberto Speranza speaks to reporters in Rome, Italy, February 25, 2020. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photograph

ROME (Reuters) – Italy ordered travellers arriving from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain to be examined for COVID-19 on Wednesday and added Colombia to an inventory of nations beneath a whole journey ban amid rising concern over new infections.

As soon as the world’s worst-affected nation, Italy has managed to convey down and include the variety of infections in latest weeks however officers are nervous by a gradual resurgence.

On Wednesday, authorities recorded 481 new instances and 10 deaths, twice the degrees usually seen in June when powerful lockdown measures imposed from March had been being eased.

With the annual summer time vacation reaching its peak, well being companies are bracing for a return of travellers from locations the place social distancing, face masks and different protecting measures seem to have been broadly ignored.

Well being Minister Roberto Speranza introduced late on Wednesday he had signed an order requiring antibody or swab exams to be carried out on all arrivals from the 4 international locations and stated there can be a ban on arrivals and transit passengers from Colombia.

“We should proceed on a path of warning to defend the outcomes we now have obtained over the previous months by sacrifices by everybody,” he stated on Fb.

Greece reported 262 new instances of COVID-19 on Wednesday, its highest each day tally because the begin of the outbreak, whereas Spain reported nearly 1,700 new instances.

Malta, which had introduced instances all the way down to zero for a number of days, final week reintroduced some controls after a bounce.

Earlier this month, the Italian authorities prolonged till September various measures, together with telling folks to put on masks in closed public areas and preserve distance of no less than 1 metre whereas additionally recommending frequent hand washing.

Reporting by James Mackenzie; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne

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