ITALY is considering following Austria, Germany & Czech Republic in imposing what has been branded a “medical apartheid” by locking down its unvaccinated citizens.
The governors of five Italian sates, with a combined population of roughly 12.6 million, are backing restrictions which prevent unvaccinated citizens from living normal lives while allowing those who are fully vaccinated to live more freely. More than 8,500 Covid cases were reported across Italy on November 12, according to the Reuters Covid tracker – the highest figure recorded since early May 2021.
While the number of reported deaths remain relatively low, a number of state officials have argued that firm action should be taken now.
Governor Massimiliano Fedriga of Friuli-Venezia Giulia said: “Eventual new lockdowns should not have to be suffered by those who are vaccinated.
“Restrictions should only apply to those who are not immunised.”
The governors of Tuscany, Calabria, Liguria and Piedmont reportedly hold the same opinion.
Their demands come after the incoming German Social Democratic government announced that it is planning to lock down 14 million unvaccinated German citizens.’
Their proposals will be put to parliament for approval on Thursday.
Around 7 million Italian citizens over the age of 12 have not been vaccinated against Covid.
Italians who have chosen not to receive a vaccine already face numerous restrictions not faced by their vaccinated counterparts.