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Italian government tightens Green Pass rules for public transport

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On Monday, due to increasing infection rates, the Italian government updated the Green Pass rules with a new decree. It affects public transport, including taxis.

The ministers for health and transport signed a new decree outlining tighter restrictions for public transport.

The new rules state tickets for long-distance and inter-regional train journeys should be checked before passengers get on board trains in the larger hubs such as Milan Centrale, Rome Termini and Florence S. Maria Novella, and “where possible also in other stations”.

Train can be stopped

If a passenger on board a train has “symptoms attributable to covid-19”, health authorities and railway police may stop the train to “proceed with emergency interventions”. The train then requires sanitising before it can go back into operation.

The Green Pass is not required on local public transport networks such as city buses, trams and subways.

Taxis and NCC chauffeur-driven services are also affected by the order. Only two passengers can sit in the rear seats of the vehicle “if they are not members of the same family unit.”

The full outline of the decree is available (in Italian), here.

Covid numbers

There were 7,698 Covid test positives identified in the last 24 hours. That is an increase over yesterday’s figures of 5,144, according to data from the Ministry of Health. There were 74 victims.

There were 684,710 molecular and antigenic swabs covid-19 carried out in the last 24 hours in Italy. Yesterday there were 248,825. The positivity rate is 1.1%, down from 2% yesterday. On the other hand, there are 481 patients in intensive care in Italy, 6 more than yesterday.

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