Italy will introduce express tests at airports and increase penalties for violation of the mask regime

Italy will introduce express COVID tests at airports and increase penalties for lack of masks, the L’Union Sarda newspaper reported July 26.

The report says that according to the chief physician of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Lazzaro Spallanzani Francesco Vaya, his staff has prepared two different types of express tests, the result of which will be known within 15-20 minutes. The application of such tests will allow to quickly carry out mass checks at airports and railway stations, and not just to test passengers on certain flights or persons with obvious symptoms of COVID-19.

Leaders of several Italian regions require citizens to strengthen existing rules of prevention – the use of individual protective equipment, in enclosed public areas and outdoors in crowded areas where there is no social distance. La Repubblica reports about the increase in fines.

Thus, President of the South Italian region of Campania Vincenzo De Luca issued a special order, according to which fines of up to €1 thousand were introduced for violation of the rules.

Ministry of Health of Italy believes that the epidemiological situation in the country is currently under control, but urges citizens to be as careful as possible. “The virus has not been defeated and continues to spread. For this reason, prudence and attention is still needed,” said Health Minister Roberto Speranza.

According to Worldometers, a total of 246,118 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Italy, 198,446 people have recovered and 35,107 have died.