Italy will loosen its coronavirus restrictions in some parts of the country next week as all regions move into the “yellow zone.”
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said Friday that restrictions will begin to loosen on Monday in time for the summer tourism season as regions move to the second tier of the country’s COVID-19 alert system. Currently, most of the country is already in the yellow zone, with the exception of the Vale d’Aosta region in northwest Italy.
Speranza tweeted that the easing of restrictions is “the result of the measures taken, the correct behavior of the vast majority of people and the vaccination campaign.”
“We continue on this path with confidence, prudence and graduality.We continue on this path with confidence, prudence and graduality,” he added.
According to government figures, approximately 16.37% of Italy’s population has completed their vaccination courses, with nearly 30 million vaccine doses administered.
Additionally, hospitalizations in Italy, once Europe’s coronavirus pandemic epicenter, fell below 10,000 for the first time since last year. The country recorded 5,218 new cases and 218 deaths on Friday.