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Christmas midnight mass banned in Italy

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Due to Italy battling more Covid-19 rates and fatalities, Italians will not be permitted to attend midnight mass or move between regions over the Christmas period, a top health ministry official said.
Junior Health Minister Sandra Zampa said Christmas Eve mass must end by around 8:30 p.m. so that worshippers can return home before the 10 p.m. curfew. People also should not invite non-family members home for Christmas lunch or other celebrations.

Zampa stated in an interview with private channel La7, “From Dec. 20, people will only be able to travel outside their own region for emergencies such as to care for a single parent.”
The government has already said ski resorts will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period.

Italy was the first Western country hit by the virus, the country has seen 57,045 COVID-19 fatalities since its outbreak emerged in February, the second-highest toll in Europe after Britain’s. It has also registered 1.642 million cases.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza said the government had options to buy 202 million COVID-19 vaccine shots from various companies and was awaiting clearance for their usage from European Union drug authorities.

“We finally see land, we have a clear route to a safe harbour… It seems likely that from January we will have the first vaccines,” Speranza told the upper house Senate.

He said the main part of the Italian vaccine campaign would be conducted between spring and summer 2021, with health workers, elderly people, and those living in nursing homes getting the first shots, and the army involved in distribution.

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