Portuguese who are working, studying or on holiday in Italy must quickly return to Portugal given the “drastic increase” in cases of covid-19 and the risk of being detained without support from local authorities. This was the content of a consular notice that was published on the Facebook page of the Portuguese Embassy in Rome, and was also published on site official, from where it was taken meanwhile.
“Italy has recorded a drastic increase in the number of infections by covid-19, with the evolution of the pandemic in the country being unpredictable in the coming days”, says the publication on Facebook on Monday afternoon and eliminated this Tuesday in the afternoon .
“Given the volatility of the current context and the risk of a sudden return to widespread confinement, closure of borders and suspension of flights between European countries, the Embassy advises Portuguese citizens who are in Italy on a temporary stay, including tourists and students on exchange programs, to return quickly to Portugal, under the risk of being stranded in Italian territory, with little chance of benefiting from support from local or national authorities“, points out the embassy in Rome.
Not now site of the embassy, there is only one text published on October 22 with advice to travelers. “Italy has registered a drastic increase in the number of infections by covid-19, and the evolution of the pandemic in the country is unpredictable in the coming weeks. The Italian authorities decreed a state of emergency until January 31, 2021”, he begins by saying.
“Given the volatility of the current context and the risk of further restrictions on entry into Italy or travel within Italian territory, and a sudden return to local or generalized confinements, with obstacles to free movement in Italy and / or elsewhere, cannot be excluded. neighboring European countries, non-essential trips to Italy, including tourism, should not be considered at this stage, not being advised, “reads the notice, in which there is no call for the Portuguese to return to Portugal.
The DN tried to obtain clarifications from the Portuguese Embassy in Rome, but so far without success. To Public, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that “or consular notice published no site of the Embassy in Rome does not anticipate any national or European decision, having since been withdrawn “.
Record 21,994 cases in one day
Italy has seen an increase in covid-19 infections. This Tuesday the record of cases detected in 24 hours was broken, with 21,994 positives.
This is the highest number of infections recorded so far, although many more tests are being carried out than at the beginning of the epidemic in February, with 174,000 since Monday.
On the last day, 221 people lost their lives because of the new coronavirus, a number that has not been seen since mid-May and which increases the total number of deaths in Italy to 37,700.
The situation in hospitals is particularly worrying. Of the 255,000 people sick with covid-19 in Italy, 15,366 are hospitalized (1085 more than Monday) and 1411 require intensive care (127 more).
In any case, the Prevention Director of the Ministry of Health, Gianni Rezza, explained that despite the upward trend, the “occupation of Intensive Care Units is still below the alert level” because they have been reinforced in recent months.
The most affected regions remain Lombardy, with more than 5,000 new infections since Monday, most in the capital Milan, and Campania, with around 2700 cases.
With these data, Italy, in a state of emergency until January 31, 2021, keeps cinemas, theaters and concert halls closed, distance education has been promoted and reduced the hours of operation of bars and restaurants until 18.00.
These are some of the measures enacted by the Government last Sunday, effective until November 24, and which have generated protests in the sectors of culture and restaurants.