Rome (Italpress) – “The big question mark is the reopening of schools. The case of Scotland, a country that has exercised great caution in recent months, is symbolic. With lessons resuming they have seen a significant increase in cases. Delta has completely changed the dynamics of the pandemic”. This was stated in an interview with Repubblica by Walter Ricciardi, adviser to Health Minister Roberto Speranza. Could new lockdown measures be needed in Italy? “No, they are not. By now the situation has become such that the effect of the virus is above all individuals, not social. Problems are faced by illiterate individuals, who risk serious problems. I don’t do any waxing. And those protesting in general should not turn us away from two objectives: increased coverage and an important measure such as the application of a Green Pass”. Also, most people want to have lunch, dinner or shopping safely. That’s why I believe it should be offered in all living and working environments and also on transportation, so that economy In addition to recovery of vaccination and immunization to ensure freedom of movement”.
“The liability is right for health professionals, but it should also be introduced to those working in schools. It should be understood as a way to protect the fragile people with whom one comes into contact.” “The main mistakes – Ricciardi concluded – were two. In October 2020 and February 2021, we had to anticipate the virus with strong restrictive measures, given that we did not yet have or had few vaccines at that time. Just look at what Australians and New Zealanders are doing now, shut everything down. Those mistakes caused 70,000 deaths. That said, Italy fared better than the others. We did very well in the first wave and after the third, when we were among the few in the world to offer firm criteria for restrictive measures based on scientific evidence. Now we probably need to be more determined to enforce the rules. Otherwise, those who do not follow them are encouraged”.
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