COVID-19 And Travelling; French And Italy To Mandate Passes

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The world is entering the second year of the pandemic. With cases rising again, it is becoming mandatory all over to mask up. Italy is all set to mandate the people to carry passes showing their health status while visiting places like movie theatres,

The world is entering the second year of the pandemic. With cases rising again, it is becoming mandatory all over to mask up. Italy is all set to mandate the people to carry passes showing their health status while visiting places like movie theatres, gyms, museums and so on. Certification was already required for attending weddings and visiting care homes.

The government has approved a “green” pass which will be required from August 6. To carry a pass, a person should have proof of receiving at least one vaccine dose in the last nine months, tested negative in the last 48 hours and are declared COVID-19 free in the last nine months. 

COVID-19 And Travelling; French And Italy To Mandate Passes

People will be required to carry this pass if they want to dine inside the cafes, to enter casinos, conferences, fairs, sports events and many other venues. This will ensure safety and people will be assured that they are not around contagious people. 

Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza said that around 40 million people have downloaded their green pass. Around several million people have received their first dose and more than half the population above the age of 12 years have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 And Travelling; French And Italy To Mandate Passes

A huge number of uprises in the country’s cases can be contributed to parties celebrating Italy’s win in the European soccer championship earlier this month. The delta variant is gaining momentum in Italy and spreading infection in large numbers. However, as most people are vaccinated, there is now a little pressure on hospitals. Italy was reporting more than 400 deaths four months ago and now the numbers have climbed down to just a dozen. 

Not only Italy, but even Paris has made arrangements for a special pass of COVID-19, which will be required to ride up the Eiffel Tower, or to visit theatres or museums. This rule came into operation on Wednesday when a number of tourists were unaware and had to get tested. To get access to the COVID-19 pass, people must show they are fully vaccinated, prove their recent recovery from the viral infection or that they have tested negative. The incharge workers scan QR codes on the passes or go through printed certificates. 

As stated by French Prime Minister Jean Castex, there is a new wave in the world and we must act quickly. He urged people to take vaccines if they want to avoid restrictions and lockdowns. France reported 18,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday and around 96% of them were unvaccinated. 

France has been reporting a rise in cases for two weeks. President Emmanuel Macron stated that he wants to extend the requirement of carrying the COVID-19 pass to all French restaurants and other public venues. The government delayed the pass requirement for teenagers following criticism from parents. The government wants to apply this system to everyone at the age above 12 years and wants to establish camps for vaccination in schools from September. 

The European Union has listed the name of the US in countries which will be allowed for traveling. The CDC announced that Americans, still at a risk, can now resume traveling. If Americans travel abroad, they would not be permitted back in until they show a negative test report for COVID-19, regardless of the vaccination status. The US is free to travel to Italy, Portugal, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Island, Ireland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Caribbean, and so on. Although, each country has its own requirements of negative testing and vaccination.

France is welcoming American tourists by opening its borders. The French government approved Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson. Over 46% of french people are fully vaccinated. It reported more than 111,000 deaths from COVID-19.

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