Italy announces Christmas travel ban



a person walking in the rain with an umbrella: A travel ban between different regions will be in place from 21 December to 6 January


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A travel ban between different regions will be in place from 21 December to 6 January

Italy has outlined strict coronavirus curbs for Christmas, including a ban on travel between different regions from 21 December to 6 January.

A curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 will also be in place.

Restaurants can open in some regions until 18:00 but only takeaways are allowed in other parts of the country. Ski slopes must close until 7 January.

It comes as Italy announced its highest daily Covid death toll since the pandemic started, with 993 fatalities.

“We cannot let down our guard,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told a news conference.

“We must eliminate the risk of a third wave which could arrive in January – and not less serious than the first and the second,” he added.

There will be travel exceptions for work, medical reasons or emergencies.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, also general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, leads the fifth plenary session of the party’s 19th Central Committee in October in Beijing. The U.S. State Department on Thursday tightened travel restrictions on members of the party and their families.

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Under a new decree due to be signed by prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, on Thursday night, people will be barred from travelling beyond their regions between 20 December and 6 January except for work, health or emergency reasons.

On top of that, they won’t be allowed to leave their towns on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

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