Protests and blockades: Italy braces for new Covid rules


ROME: Italy braced for nationwide protests, blockades and potential disturbance Friday as hard new coronavirus limitations for workers entered into impact.
All employees need to show a so-called Green Pass, providing proof of vaccination, current healing from Covid-19 or a negative test– or deal with being declared absent without pay.
More than 86 percent of Italians over the age of 12 have actually received a minimum of one jab, thus immediately getting approved for the certification.
However as much as 3 million employees are estimated to be unvaccinated– and most will just be able to work if they spend for their own tests either every 48 or 72 hours, depending upon the type.
They include big numbers in the freight market– and with numerous upset at the brand-new rules and declining to comply, there are worries of extensive economic disruption.
Ivano Russo, director general of Confetra, a trade group, informed AFP that out of an overall of 900,000 truck motorists, carriers and storage facility staff used by members of his lobby, “25-30 percent” do not have Covid certificates.
Dock workers in Trieste, a significant hub in the northeast, have threatened to go on strike indefinitely, in spite of being used totally free Covid tests. The exact same advantage has been encompassed some dockers in Genoa, in the northwest.
“The real problem with the Green Pass for the port of Genoa, in general for all ports, will be roadway haulage,” Roberto Gulli of the Uil trade union told La Repubblica newspaper.
“There might be mayhem on Friday.”
However, more than 560,000 Green Passes were downloaded on Wednesday, according to government data, recommending that the arrival of the new rules was boosting vaccinations.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government has safeguarded the Green Pass as a way of preventing more lockdowns in Italy, where the economy is expected to record nearly 6 percent development this year after a disastrous Covid-induced economic crisis.
Ministers looked not likely to yield to calls for free Covid tests for all, however the ANSA news agency reported that they were thinking about larger tax breaks for firms that spend for them.
Anti-pass protests were likewise expected across Italy on Friday, however the government intends to prevent a repeat of last weekend’s presentations in Rome which deteriorated into violent clashes irritated by reactionary militants.
Trade unions on Saturday are likewise preparing an anti-fascist rally.

Published at Fri, 15 Oct 2021 02:58:26 -0500

Tuberculosis cases reporting in India down by 41% due to Covid: WHO report

GENEVA: Reporting of tuberculosis cases in India went down by 41% in between 2019 and 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the WHO’s 2021 international TB report launched on Thursday. India, followed by Indonesia (14%), the Philippines (12%) and China (8%) were the leading four countries that contributed most to the worldwide decrease in TB alerts in between 2019 and 2020.
About 16 nations, including these four, together represented 93% of the total global drop in notices.
In its yearly report on TB, the UN health agency stated 1.5 million individuals worldwide passed away of the bacterial disease last year, a slight increase from the 1.4 million deaths in 2019. The boost in TB deaths, the first in more than a years, happened primarily in the 30 countries with the greatest concern of TB, including India. The report said the variety of individuals newly identified with TB and those reported to national federal governments was up to 5.8 million in 2020 from 7.1 million in 2019. WHO approximates that some 4.1 million people currently struggle with TB but have not been identified with the illness or have actually not officially reported to nationwide authorities. This figure is up from 2.9 million in 2019.
The report revealed that the Covid-19 pandemic reversed years of worldwide progress in tackling TB. There was a decrease in arrangement of TB preventive treatment: Some 2.8 million individuals accessed this in 2020, a 21% decrease since 2019. Additionally, 2020 also saw a drop in international investment for TB diagnostic, treatment and prevention services.

Published at Fri, 15 Oct 2021 01:10:26 -0500