On December 24, Italy began to enforce “red zone” regulations across the country after the number of new cases of COVID-19 acute respiratory infection increased sharply in the last days of the year. Anti-epidemic will be maintained during the Christmas and New Year holidays, which will last until January 6, 2021.
Italy puts country in ‘red zone’
The “red zone” regulations include bans on inter-regional travel; curfew lasts from 10pm the night before to 5am the next morning; Close all shops, pubs, restaurants, and urge people to stay at home during the holidays and meetings of no more than 2 people.
In order to control the second wave of the epidemic taking place in Italy, the government of this country has divided the regions by 3 colors yellow, orange and red, with restrictive measures applied to different degrees depending on the speed of the epidemic. infection rate. The Italian Ministry of Health stated that areas with uncontrolled infection levels, overloading the national health system, are designated as red zones, whereby strict anti-epidemic restrictions will be imposed. Best. On December 18, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that he would apply a “red zone” status throughout the country during the holiday to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to the latest statistics, out of a total of 2,009,317 COVID-19 cases in Italy, so far 593,632 cases are positive for SARS-CoV-2 virus, of which 566,973 cases have very mild symptoms, even no symptoms. symptoms and all of these people are self-isolating at home. In addition, out of 24,070 cases being treated in the hospital, there are 2,589 critical cases. In a report published on December 24, statistics from December 14 to 20, the Italian Ministry of Health said that the situation of infection in this country was still worrying and the impact of the epidemic on social life was still worrying. association is still growing.
‘Snow Granny’ and special hugs amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Despite battling breast cancer and the COVID-19 pandemic, Ms. Fatima Sanson is determined to maintain her traditional Christmas activity: Dress up as Santa Claus and give gifts. toys and hugs for poor children where she lives in the city of Belo Horizonte, Southeast Brazil.
For the past 50 years, Fatima Sanson has done this special work every Christmas. This year, in compliance with the regulations on social distancing to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic, Ms. Sanson (61 years old) designed herself a plastic “hugging curtain” and asked someone to disinfect the curtain after every hug and kiss. people. These special preparations arose because she was aware of the particularly high risks to herself. Not only because of her age, breast cancer also puts her in a high-risk group if infected with COVID-19.
Dressed in a traditional bright red outfit, Ms. Sanson brings toys and food gifts to children and people living in a slum in the city. The plastic curtain does not make the hug of “Snow Lady” Sanson less warm, but still transmits the spirit and vitality of Christmas to everyone. Daphne Victoria shared: “I really love receiving a nice and warm hug from Santa Claus.”
Meanwhile, her parents, as well as many other families in the slums of Belo Horizonte, were brought home baskets full of food. These gifts are a valuable source of motivation, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a severe impact on low-income workers. Valmira Pereira, a rented cleaner who lives at the property, said: “I hope better days will come and next year we will be able to have real hugs, to be able to feel the breath. warm people’s love that everyone is lacking”.
For Ms. Sanson, she finds it gratifying to still be given Christmas hugs during the pandemic. She shared: “It’s great to be able to hug and be hugged. We ‘infect’ each other hugs, love and sympathy.”
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