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Protests Erupt in Italy Against COVID-19 Passport & Its New Extension

After the Italian government announced that it would extend the use of the Green Corridor and make COVID-19 certification mandatory for all workers, thousands of citizens protested in the streets of Rome, Milan and Trieste.

Italian authorities recently announced that from October 15 all people working in the public and private sectors must hold the Green Pass, an extension of the EU’s digital COVID-19 passport.

Those who refuse to take the vaccine and who cannot submit a negative test result, refund or vaccination certificate indicating that the vaccine holder has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be stopped and risk not getting paid after the fifth day, reports.

Regarding the extension of the corridor, the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, said that in order to make the country a safer place and increase vaccination rates, the authorities decided to extend the green corridor requirement for all workers, regardless of the sector in which they work.

However, Italian citizens who oppose vaccination have rejected these rules. They have said that using the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of allowing them to work and access most places is against basic human rights while highlighting that their freedom and civil liberties are at stake.

Although full vaccination against coronavirus disease has not become mandatory for citizens of the country, Italians and travelers from other countries still need to carry either a recovery certificate indicating that they have recovered from the virus within the past six months or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the last six months. The last 48 hours to be able to enter the country.

However, since it is too costly to get a new COVID-19 test every 48 hours, the protesters do not support the government’s decision.

Currently, the Italian Green Passage is mandatory for all people, including tourists, who wish to attend any of the public transportation such as planes, buses, ferries, etc. The pass is also mandatory for all those who wish to reach restaurants, bars, cinemas, theaters, sporting events, museums, swimming pools, amusement parks, gyms, conferences, meetings and many other places.

Previously, the European Union’s health agency revealed that the COVID-19 situation has improved significantly in Italy, indicating that other countries are easing their entry restrictions against Italian travelers. Based on ECDC figures published on September 30, Italy has recorded fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 population in the past 14 days.

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