Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on Thursday, a day after the introduction of mandatory testing, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said the screening of travelers arriving from China did not detect any new coronavirus variants.
Meloni said in her year-end press conference that the people who have tested positive so far are carriers of “the Omicron variant already present in Italy”.
Italy carried out tests on arrivals from China on Wednesday following an explosion in cases reported by Beijing.
Meloni said the screening could be less effective if it were done at a European level, as only those arriving on direct flights from China would be screened, not those with a stopover.
Health Minister Orazio Schillaci will push the EU to roll out screening across the bloc, she said.
Schillaci said people coming to the test are “essential to ensure monitoring and identification of any variant of the virus in order to protect the Italian people”.
Italy was the first European country to be hit by the corona virus in early 2020, initially imposing a nationwide blockade and then mandatory vaccination for some people.
Meloni’s post-fascist Italian brothers, which won elections in September, have strongly criticized these restrictions.
Coronavirus cases have increased in China as the country relaxes tough controls that have taken a toll on the economy and sparked nationwide protests.
But a growing number of countries, including the United States, have imposed restrictions on visitors after China decided to end its mandatory quarantine upon arrival, prompting many Chinese to jubilantly plan to go. travel abroad.
Chinese citizens have largely been confined to their home country since Beijing withdrew the bridge in March 2020.
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