Italy eases quarantine restrictions in regions

Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza will sign a decision on Friday to relax regional restrictions related to the coronavirus.

This is reported by Ansa.

The decision will take effect on Sunday, January 31. The regions of Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Umbria, and the autonomous province of Bolzano will go into the “orange zone. All other regions and autonomous provinces will be in the yellow zone.

Regions in the “yellow zone” will be able to reopen bars and restaurants during daylight hours and get more freedom of movement.

It is noted that the Rt (spread of the virus) index dropped to 0.84 between January 6 and January 19.

Only one region has a high-risk classification (down from four the previous week), 10 have a moderate risk classification (one with a high risk of progression) and 10 have a low-risk classification.

According to the Ministry of Health, 13,574 positive tests for  were reported in in the past 24 hours and 477 deaths were confirmed.

During the day, 268,750  tests were performed, with a positive rate of 5.05% (5.2% the day before).

The number of intensive care hospitalizations decreased from 2,487 to 2,372 and the number of infected patients in medical facilities decreased from 22,699 to 21,355.

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