Italy broadens Green Pass to planes, trains, coaches and ferries

 Saturday, September 4, 2021 

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Italy broadens usage of Green Pass health documents on Wednesday.

 It makes the pass obligatory for anyone travelling on high-speed trains, planes, ferries and inter-regional coaches.

The Green Pass is a digital or paper certificate that shows whether someone has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

It also shows if someone has tested negative or has recently recovered from the virus.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi introduced the pass earlier in the summer trying to prevent infections and encourage people to get vaccinated.

It was initially needed to enter many cultural and leisure venues

But, its scope has gradually been widened.

In the event only a handful of people showed up at the demonstrations.

Some 70% of all Italians over the age of 12 got their full vaccine doses.

The vast majority of people seem to back the inoculation drive and the use of the Green Pass.

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday denounced what he called a “climate of hatred” against the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

He said this after he and a number of other politicians and medical experts received threats on social media.

The government said that teachers will need a Green Pass when schools reopen this month after the summer holidays.

Last week, officials said they were considering extending the scheme to anyone working in a public office or a supermarket.

Some 129,221 people have died of coronavirus in Italy since the pandemic hit last year

It is the second highest death toll in Europe after Britain.

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