Today, the Ministry of Health announced that Italy, one of the European countries most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, will cancel the mandatory use of outdoor masks from June 28.
“As of June 28, we have ended our commitment to wearing masks outdoors,” the Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza announced.
This measure applies to areas classified as the ‘white zone’, where the spread of the virus is lowest, and which currently include all of Italy with the exception of the Aosta Valley in the north.
This announcement comes after the positive opinion of the Scientific Technical Committee (CTS), which is responsible for managing the epidemic in that country, which decided that even if a mask is no longer necessary in an area considered a ‘white zone’, it should be within reach, whenever there is some Associated risks, such as in gatherings.
According to expert forecasts, all Italian regions should be classified as a “white zone” as of June 28.
Italy recorded 21 deaths and 495 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with some regions not reporting any new deaths.
The first country in Europe to record an outbreak of Covid-19 disease in the first quarter of 2020, Italy has recorded 127,291 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic and 4.25 million people have been infected.
Currently, 30% of the population over 12 years of age, that is, approximately 16 million people, are vaccinated.
More than 46 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to a total population of 60 million people.
The Covid-19 pandemic has killed at least 3,868,393 people in the world, resulting in more than 178.4 million cases, according to a balance by Agence France-Presse.