Local officials and some protesters have expressed their anger at the Italian government over the restrictions that took effect on Friday in four hotspot regions ̵1; Lombardy, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta and Calabria.
In northern Italy, several hundred people gathered on Thursday night in the city of Bergamo – one of the cities most hit hard by the first wave of the pandemic – to protest the new measures that ordered the everyone at home except for necessities, health. or work.
Protesters, including business and career owners but also members of far-right groups and opposition coalition parties, protested in the town hall then gathered outside the mayor’s mansion, where they “chanted slogans with flags, banners and smoke bombs”, the mayor of Giorgio Gori said on Facebook.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza defended the government’s decision to declare these four areas “red zones”. The decisions around the new restrictions “cannot be the field of a political battle,” he said, adding that “our only enemy is the virus”.
Maximum precautions are required to stop the spread of this pandemic, ”Speranza told parliament on Friday, adding that regional representatives were involved in the decision to impose orders. new key.
The leaders of the northern regions of Lombardy and Piedmont declared the government’s decision to impose new restrictions on their regions based on outdated data.
The head of the Piedmont region, Alberto Cirio, demanded “clarity from the government” for the people of the region and for “many businesses will remain closed.”
Elsewhere in northern Italy, the mayor of Milan Beppe Sala urged residents to “stay at home as much as possible in these difficult days” after small anti-closure protests there.
Small protests also broke out in the “red zone” south of Calabria, with regional president Nino Spirli said online that he plans to appeal the government’s decision.
“This area doesn’t deserve to be isolated, posing a fatal risk to it,” Spirli said.
The mayor of the village of Carolei in Calabria, Francesco Iannucci, told RAI state television he would not enforce the new door lock measures, simply “do not exercise any control” in the bars and restaurant.
On Thursday, Italy hit a new record for the number of new Covid-19 infections and deaths per day, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Health.
Italian report 35,505 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total up 824,879 since the beginning of the pandemic. The country also reported An additional 445 people died, take the number of deaths 40,192.