Italy second wave: Italy on alert after teenagers return from holiday with new symptoms

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Nicola Zingaretti, the governor of Lazio, has demanded that travellers coming to Italy from high-risk countries should be forced to take a coronavirus test. He said he was requesting the testing of arrivals at Fiumicino airport in Rome amid a surge of infection rates in neighbouring European countries.

Mr Zingaretti, has also demanded testing at every other entry point into Italy.

He said: “We must get back to living without dropping our guard.”

Italy was the first European country to be severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic in March.

After tight rules on social distancing and mask-wearing, Italy has seen only seven new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 14 days.

This figure compares with 76 in Spain, 26 in France, 18 in Croatia, and 17 in the UK.

Approximately 50 young Italian travellers brought the coronavirus back into the country after returning from Malta, Ibiza, Corfu and Croatia.

Many of the holidaymakers were infected on the party island of Pag in Croatia.

A spokesman for the Lazio health authority said: “Now cases of returning Italian tourists with COVID are mounting up it won’t be a problem to test everyone coming from risky countries, including the beaches of Spain.”

Across Italy new infections have pushed the average age of cases down from 65 to 40.

But not all young cases were travelling to party destinations.

In Assisi, Italy, eight novice monks tested positive after arriving from various countries to study at a Franciscan monastery.

Young people in Italy have also been risking getting the virus without travelling to different countries.

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Many young people have reportedly been packing into town squares and discos, frequently without face masks.

Discos in Italy who have failed to enforce social-distancing measures within their venues have been fined.

Maurizio Pasca, head of the Italian association of disco owners, has said that not many venues in Italy were enforcing the rule for dancers to stay 6ft apart.

But Mr Pasca said the discos were being persecuted.

He added: “Crowds are forming every night in piazzas across Italy.”

The right wing opposition politician, Matteo Salvini, has blamed the continuing coronavirus infections on migrants.

He made the statement after more than 200 people were found packed into a holding centre in Treviso, in northern Italy, who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Mr Salvini said migrants “do what they want, go where they want, spit and infect”.

The Italian politician has also encouraged the abandoning of masks when posing for pictures at his rallies.

In total, there have been 251 thousand confirmed cases and over 35 thousand deaths related to coronavirus in Italy.

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