December 17 According to a report quoted by the European Union News Agency by the European Network, the Italian Ministry of Civil Defense reported on the 16th that the total number of confirmed cases nationwide increased to 1888,144, with a total of 66,537 deaths.
On the same day, the cabinet of the Italian government held a video working meeting on epidemic prevention and control with the regional governments to listen to the opinions of the local government on epidemic prevention measures during Christmas and the New Year, and formulated the distribution plan of the first batch of coronavirus vaccines in the regions.
At the meeting, Veneto President Zaya took the lead in proposing that from Christmas to January 6, 2021, the highest risk of the red epidemic prevention policy will be implemented nationwide, so as to maintain the downward trend of new confirmed cases and deaths, truly reduce the risk of the second wave of the epidemic to a controllable range, and prevent the recurrence of the epidemic.
There was a rebound again. Zaya stressed that if the central government lowers the level of prevention and control measures, the Veneto regional government will issue local epidemic prevention decrees and implement the highest level of blockade and epidemic prevention measures.
In response to the comments of the President of Veneto, the Presidents of the Regions Lazio, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Molisse and Marche expressed support.
Governor Dele of the Autonomous Province of Trent said he hoped to implement a nationwide lockdown from December 19 to avoid a wave of gathering shopping during the weekend.
The Italian health minister, Speranza and other government cabinets expressed their appreciation and support for this.
Speranza said that in the past few weeks, Italy’s high-risk areas of the red epidemic have achieved remarkable results in the fight against the epidemic, but the epidemic rebounded in the low-risk areas of the yellow epidemic, and the trend of the epidemic is deteriorating. This is an extremely dangerous signal.
Boccia, Minister of Affairs of the Italian Regions and Autonomous Regions, pointed out that Italy’s current average infection index of Rt has dropped from 1.7 a few weeks ago to 0.8, and the downward trend continues.
Only when strict epidemic prevention and control measures continue to be adhered to during the festival can the epidemic rebound be avoided after the festival.
After the meeting, Acuri, director of Italy’s National Coronavirus Emergency Response Committee, said that Italy will officially launch the COVID-19 vaccination program, and the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines arriving in Italy have been distributed according to the socio-demographic situation of the administrative region.
In the large socially populated regions such as Lombardy, Lazio and Veneto, the number of first coronavirus vaccines was about 150,000 to 300,000 doses. The government is currently coordinating the arrival date of the second batch of coronavirus vaccines, and it is expected that the first batch of vaccines will officially start by the end of 2020.
Accuri pointed out that if the European Drug Administration can approve the emergency use authorization of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in cooperation with BioNTech of Germany on December 21, the Italian Drug Administration will approve it as soon as possible and according to the agreement reached by the health ministers of France, Germany, Italy and other countries. ,
a European “Vaccine Day” will be held before the New Year, when the first batch of coronavirus vaccines will officially start vaccination.
According to the latest Italian poll, 34% of the people in Italy now say they can get an immediate vaccine against the novel coronavirus; 43% say that they can’t decide yet and need to wait a while to decide; and 19% say they strongly refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine.