Sunday, April 14

Italy

African Energy Trip Prime Minister Draghi Cancelled Due to Corona
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African Energy Trip Prime Minister Draghi Cancelled Due to Corona

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has cancelled a planned visit to African countries to discuss more energy supplies to Italy because he is infected with the coronavirus.   He was actually supposed to go to oil-rich Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo later this week. His foreign minister and other ministers will now replace Draghi. Italy is looking for alternatives in Africa to Russian energy. The country has already recently signed agreements with Algeria and Egypt for more natural gas supplies. The Italian energy group Eni also hopes to pump up more gas in Libya. According to Draghi's office, the 74-year-old prime minister has no symptoms of a corona infection.
Police Take Protesters Off the Street at Top G20 Countries in Rome
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Police Take Protesters Off the Street at Top G20 Countries in Rome

Italian police have taken dozens of protesters off the streets in Rome, where leaders of the G20 countries are holding a summit.   The Italian news agency ANSA reported that climate activists had sat down in the middle of a road, blocking the road to central Rome. According to Italian media, the activists offered no resistance when they were taken away by the police. The leaders of the G20 countries will hold a two-day summit in Rome. They talk about, among other things, the corona pandemic and its economic consequences. They will also determine their position in the fight against climate change in the run-up to the important COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. The G20 is made up of the 19 richest countries in the world and the European Union. They are responsible for the emissio...
No Postponement of Bribery Case Against Sick Berlusconi
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No Postponement of Bribery Case Against Sick Berlusconi

The bribery case against Italian ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is not being postponed; a court has ruled.   A temporary suspension had been requested by the prosecutor due to the health problems of the 84-year-old politician. The court says it is optimistic about the recovery of the Forza Italia leader. That is why the next hearing will take place on September 8. Although that will take a while, the prosecution and defence are not enthusiastic. According to the prosecution, it is unlikely that Berlusconi will be cured of his "psychiatric and neurological disorders" by then. His own lawyer warns that Berlusconi's inability to attend the trial could be detrimental to the other suspects. The trial has been postponed numerous times due to Berlusconi's health. The lawsuit is abo...
Italy is Struggling With Vaccines: Essential Workers is A Very Broad Concept
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Italy is Struggling With Vaccines: Essential Workers is A Very Broad Concept

Unlike the rest of Europe, Italian death rates are not declining: the country reported 487 deaths on Thursday, almost the same as when the vaccination campaign began in late December.   That's because too many vaccines are going to young people. Less than 40 percent of Italian vaccines so far went to people over 80. The remainder ended up in the arms of medical personnel working with Covid patients and ended up with lawyers, judges, pharmacists, bank employees, medical students, or secretaries. Only 57 percent of the over-80s received the first injection until the beginning of April. The root of the problem is the vague vaccine strategy. "As more vaccines come, we will start with other categories of essential workers. Teachers, police, prison staff, community workers, etcetera," ...
Italian Prime Minister Draghi Gets Shot With AstraZeneca Vaccine
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Italian Prime Minister Draghi Gets Shot With AstraZeneca Vaccine

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi says he will be injected with the corona vaccine from pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca as soon as he has made an appointment for it.   According to the 73-year-old prime minister, the drug is safe. "My age group can apply for a corona vaccination, and I will do that soon. When it is my turn, I will be injected with AstraZeneca," said Draghi. "My son already got one in the UK this week." Recently there has been concern about the drug. It would cause thrombosis, so several countries, including the Netherlands and Italy, stopped using the vaccine. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said the vaccine is safe to use. Almost all countries that had temporarily stopped using the vaccine indicated that it would be safe to use. In Italy, 200,...
The Sicilian Airport Reopened After Etna Eruption
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The Sicilian Airport Reopened After Etna Eruption

The airport of Catania, Italy, has reopened after an eruption of the volcano Etna. It vomited out ashes and fire for about an hour on Tuesday evening.   Then volcanic ash had to be cleared away at the airport in Sicily. Authorities are still monitoring the volcano, but the situation is under control, according to Italian media. No one was known to be injured. The authorities also did not report any damage. Ash did rain over houses, streets and balconies in Catania, which has about 300,000 inhabitants.
Italy Reports Double Daily Number of Corona Infections
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Italy Reports Double Daily Number of Corona Infections

The number of corona infections in Italy rose in one day from 1402 to 221,216. On Monday, 744 new infections were reported, the authorities said.   The doubling is partly due to the figures from the hard-hit Lombardy that were passed on late. The number of deaths registered in Italy as a result of the virus increased by 172 to 30,911. On Monday, there were still 179 deaths. The number of patients with a corona in intensive care has been falling for several days in a row. Tuesday was 952 on the IC, Monday there were 999. Italy, together with the United States, Spain, Great Britain and Russia, is one of the worst affected countries.
Italy Reports the Largest Increase in the Corona Death Toll in Days
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Italy Reports the Largest Increase in the Corona Death Toll in Days

Italy Reports the Largest Increase in the Corona Death Toll in Days. The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Italy increased by 369 to 29,684.   It is the largest increase in the number of deaths in four days. Italy has the highest official death toll from the coronavirus worldwide after the US and the United Kingdom. Pressure on Italian care continues to ease. According to authorities, there were still 1,333 people in intensive care on Wednesday. That was 1427 a day earlier. In the country with approximately 60 million inhabitants, more than 214,000 people are infected. 93,245 of those patients have already recovered. Authorities say that so far 1.55 million people have been tested for a possible corona infection.
A Smaller Increase in New Deaths in Italy From Corona
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A Smaller Increase in New Deaths in Italy From Corona

The death toll from the coronavirus in Italy has increased by 269 in the past 24 hours. That was less than Thursday when the Civil Defense Agency reported 285 new deaths.   The total number of people in Italy who have died from the effects of the virus is now 28,236. After the US, the country has the highest number of fatal corona infections in the world. The number of detected infections in Italy increased by 1965 to 207,428 in the past 24 hours.
Nearly 17,000 Healthcare Workers in Italy Infected With Coronavirus
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Nearly 17,000 Healthcare Workers in Italy Infected With Coronavirus

Nearly 17,000 people who work in healthcare in Italy are infected with the coronavirus. This is evident from a report by the Italian Institute of Health.   These people account for 10 percent of all Italian infections. About two-thirds of the 16,991 infected health care workers are women, the report said. About 43 percent work as a nurse or midwife, 19 percent are hospital doctors, almost 10 percent work in medical passenger transport and the rest work in other branches of healthcare. Healthcare workers come into contact with infected patients more often and can, therefore, become infected more quickly. Italy is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world with nearly 169,000 infections and over 22,000 deaths.