Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced on Friday that a curfew would be lifted on Monday in Valle Aosta, Italy’s last region where it was still in force to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, the minister clarified that on the same day, masks will no longer be mandatory outside except in crowded places in Italy.
The curfew, which was still in force between midnight and 5 a.m., will be lifted in the mountainous and French-speaking region of Valle d’Aosta (North-West), which also ends restrictions on visiting friends . or relatives, so far limited to four adults, not counting minors.
“With the decree I just signed, from Monday the whole of Italy will be white. This is an encouraging result, but we have to be careful,” Speranza wrote on Facebook.
“The battle is not won yet,” he said, referring to the more contagious forms of the virus.
The first country in Europe to experience an outbreak of Covid-19 infections in the first quarter of 2020, Italy is one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, with more than 4.25 million infections and 127,418 deaths, 56 of them during last 24 hours.
The numbers have recently improved significantly thanks to vaccination. New cases of infection fell by 36% this week compared to the previous week, and the number of deaths fell by 46% between June 16 and 22, according to a think tank specializing in health Gibe.
However, for the first time in India, the prevalence of the delta variant was 16.8% on June 21, up from 4.2% in May, health officials said on Friday.