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Italy to maintain quarantine for countries outside Schengen

Rome distances itself from Brussels and will also impose restrictions on citizens of the 14 countries considered safe.

In Italy they want to go with lead feet and not throw overboard the hard confinement that the first European country hit by the coronavirus has experienced. 

That is why Rome has disassociated itself from the decision made by the European Union and will continue to impose house quarantine on those who land from countries outside the Schengen area, also on the fourteen countries that the EU has considered "safe".

In a statement, the Italian Health Minister, Roberto Speranza, assured that the situation at the global level is still very complex. We must avoid that the sacrifices of the Italians in recent months have been in vain, he explained after signing an ordinance to impose these restrictions.

The EU opens its external borders starting this Thursday to a list of countries including Australia, Algeria, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay and Rwanda, but not others like the United States or Russia.

Italy has voted in favor of this list - to which China will be included if it in turn allows Europeans to enter - but adding that home isolation will be mandatory for fourteen days.

The Roberto Speranza ordinance adds that citizens and residents of these countries may enter for work needs, health reasons, studies or emergency reasons.

Those who can arrive without any type of restriction are citizens from within the Schengen area, who are already landing at Italian airports, where they have to fill out a form to be located and stating that they have not had direct contact with the virus.

The list of countries that can enter the EU will be updated every fourteen days based on epidemiological criteria and the states' ability to contain the pandemic.

Italy is one of the countries in the world hardest hit by Covid-10, with 34,767 fatalities so far. There are still more than 15,000 positives currently, 142 in the last 24 hours.

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