Italy to require vaccine proof and negative COVID-19 test for social activities

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Italy will require people to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or a recent negative coronavirus test to participate in select social activities, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Italy has seen a spike in infections driven by the Delta variant, reporting 5,057 new coronavirus infections Thursday, compared to the 4,259 the day before.

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  • The country's latest requirement follows a similar move in France which newly demands visitors obtain COVID-19 passes to visit tourist venues.

Details: The Italian government is adopting the requirement of a "green certification," to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

  • Starting Aug. 6, people in Italy will have to show their health passes to sit at indoor bars and restaurants, go to museums, swimming pools, gyms, theme parks and more.

  • About 40 million people have already downloaded the pass, which was previously used to attend weddings or visit nursing homes, per NYT.

What they're saying: "The virus’s Delta variant is menacing," Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said, per NYT. "We must act on the front of Covid-19."

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