Italy may soon impose a mandatory quarantine on arrivals from the UK if the Covid-19 virus and its new strains continue to affect Britain.
The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, has indicated that travelers from Britain must undergo testing upon arrival; However, if infections start to increase again, Italy will also have to impose a mandatory quarantine although it still indicates that the country still “does not exist yet,” TheSchengen.com reports.
Several countries around the world were recently attacked by the delta variant of the coronavirus, prompting the UK government to postpone its plans to ease lockdown restrictions for four weeks, according to the BBC.
However, Italy’s plan to reopen this summer will not change, as the prime minister said that “at the moment, there is no reason to believe that this will happen”.
“It depends a lot on the infection rate if the infection has to spread … but this is not what we see in other European countries,” Draghi said, stressing that “Spain and Greece do not require quarantine from England.”
On the other hand, other European countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria have introduced self-isolation requirements and other travel restrictions for those coming from Britain due to the B.1.617.2 variant.
Although Italian authorities still require travelers from the UK to submit a negative PCR or antigen test result upon arrival, the government is seeking alternative ways not to impose further restrictions before the summer season.
The temporary freeze on tourism from Britain this summer will result in a total financial loss of 1.5 billion euros for the travel and tourism industry in the Mediterranean country, according to analysis by the industry group representing Italian agriculture, Coldiretti.
However, the country’s health officials believe that vaccines can mitigate the impact of the coronavirus and its new strains, including the delta variant.
In this regard, Italian Deputy Health Minister Pierpaolo Celleri confirmed that he was not concerned about the B.1.617.2 variant for two reasons: “The first is that there is no evidence that it is resistant to vaccines, and the second is more general., is that research has made great strides in establishing Safe and effective vaccines.
Earlier this month, Italian leaders announced that the country would launch health travel certifications on June 15, after the European Parliament gave the green light to the EU COVID-19 certifications, which are aimed at restoring travel within EU member states. .
Italy has recorded more than 424,870 cases of COVID-19, and more than 3,807,200 people have died, according to figures published by the World Health Organization.