Italy will close bars and restaurants at 6:00 p.m. to stop covid

With about 20,000 daily coronavirus infections and a thousand patients in intensive care units, the President of the Government of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has decided to take more restrictive measures and, from tomorrow, Monday, bars and restaurants will close at 18.00 hours. The objective, Conte explained at a press conference, is to “keep the epidemiological curve under control” and “avoid a second generalized blockade,” which would have serious effects on the national economy.

“We have not introduced a curfew,” said Conte, who urged people to reduce travel as much as possible and not go to other people’s houses. Conte concluded the press conference by saying that he hopes that with the new restrictions it will be possible to better deal with the coming months, also in the face of Christmas holidays.

Faced with this situation, Conte signed a new urgent decree that imposes the closing of swimming pools, gyms, theaters and cinemas and requires closure at 6:00 p.m. at premises, bars and restaurants. After hours of negotiation with the regions that wanted to obtain aid for the owners of bars and restaurants, this new decree was signed, which is valid until November 24.

Mandatory use of masks

The new decree recalls the mandatory use of masks at all times and it is recommended to avoid receiving people who are not cohabiting at home.

Although the national curfew has been avoided, in force in regions such as Lazio -whose capital is Rome-, Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Lombardia, the regions are given the power to close those areas where there may be crowds after 9:00 p.m.

Thes restaurants, bars, pubs, ice cream parlors and pastry shops They may remain open only from 05.00 to 18.00, but they are allowed to open on Sundays and holidays. For the moment, restaurants and bars may open with these hours on Sundays and holidays. Only four people per table are allowed if they are not from the same family nucleus and home delivery up to 24 hours.

The closing of gyms, swimming pools and spas, as well as cultural centers, social centers, recreational centers and bingo halls and casinos and amusement parks, while parks and playgrounds for children remain open.

They close too theaters, cinemas and concert halls also outdoors and all types of organization of events and congresses in presence will be prohibited.

The opening of the ski resorts, especially after the images of this Saturday with long lines and people crowded on the lifts.

The Government did not decree the prohibition to move between regions, but yes “strongly recommends to all persons who do not travel, by public or private means of transport, to a municipality other than that of residence, domicile or domicile, except for proven needs for work or study, for health reasons “.

It also introduces new measures to apply distance learning to at least 75% of students in second-grade secondary education courses, that is, over 14 years of age.

Financial aid

Conte He assured that the measures are already prepared to compensate the owners of activities that will be penalized by these new rules and that the aid “will go directly to bank checking accounts.”

He announced that tax payments for commercials will be suspended in the months of October and November and the second installment of the real estate tax, which expires on December 16.

Before the protests, some of a violent nature, which have occurred in cities such as Rome and NaplesConte assured that he understands anger and rage, but warned that “there can be no room for disorder professionals.”


Hotel review: Sustainable design in the Dolomites – travel


Gerhard Matzig

For architects and designers, what Michele De Lucchi was allowed to do during the renovation and expansion of the Zirmerhof in South Tyrol is a dream. Whereby such a dream can sometimes turn out to be a nightmare – namely from the perspective of the audience plagued by an overly dominant design idea. There is still a story to be told about the sofa, which must not be red (as the client wants it) but must be blue (as the architect wants it). But don’t worry: Firstly, Michele De Lucchi is exactly the opposite of a taste dictator. Above all, however, he would not convert the place where he himself has been vacationing for many years into a design Dorado. The Zirmerhof, building culture since the 12th century, remains his “magical” hideaway, as he says. It’s a magic mountain. And secondly, at the Zirmerhof in Radein, southeast of Bolzano on a high plateau, in a grandiose location and as a place of longing well hidden from the hostility of the world as well as from the blessings of the design world, nightmares of any kind are forbidden.


Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart wins the Giro d’Italia on the wire

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The Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos) won the Tour of Italy at 25, Sunday in Milan, ahead of his rival, the Australian Jai Hindley (Sunweb), second at 39 seconds, while they were only separated by 86 hundredths of a second at the start of the day.

Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart (Ineos), 25-year-old Londoner, finally won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, October 25 in Milan, ahead of his rival, Australian Jay Hindley, second at 38 seconds. At the start of the stage, they were only separated by 86 hundredths of a second.

In a race rich in firsts: since never yet two riders had presented themselves at the start of the last stage of a Giro with equal time; Geoghegan Hart donned his first pink jersey on the last day of the race, upon arrival in Milan. Between Hindley and Geoghegan Hart, tied for time at the start of the 15.7 kilometers, the suspense only lasted a few moments. Hindley, who wore the pink jersey, had already dropped 22 seconds in the intermediate score, after 10.3 kilometers.

Hindley, 24, however, becomes the first Australian to appear on the podium of a Giro. Geogeghan Hart, 25, is the second Briton to win the centenary race (created in 1909), two years after Chris Froome, who had achieved an incredible turnaround two days from the finish in 2018.

Revenge for Ineos

Since his professional debut in 2017, in the Sky team which became Ineos, the Londoner had only two stage successes in the Tour des Alpes 2019. Until now, he was confined to a role of lieutenant for his leaders.

For Ineos, by far the richest team in the peloton, the performance has the value of partial revenge after its scathing failure at the Tour de France. The outgoing winner, the Colombian Egan Bernal, designated sole leader, had to retire in the third week.

The 21e stage, a time trial of 15.7 kilometers, went to the Italian Filippo Ganna, world champion in the discipline who won the three times of this Giro 2020. Ganna, winner at more than 54 km / h average, brought a seventh success to the British team Ineos who won a third of the stages of the event, despite the retirement on the third day of racing by its leader, Welshman Geraint Thomas.

In the final Giro standings, the Dutchman Wilco Kelderman took third place, 1 min 29 seconds behind the winner, and the Portuguese João Almeida, long leader of the event, the fourth. This 103e edition of the Giro was able to go to completion, despite the sharp upsurge in Covid-19 cases in Italy, like the rest of Europe.

Several riders, including two podium candidates (S. Yates, Kruijswijk), have tested positive for coronavirus and two teams (Mitchelton and Jumbo) have chosen to withdraw before the halfway point. But the race was able to take place at the cost of drastic measures, in particular the absence of an audience at the finish to greet the final winner in front of the Duomo in Milan.

With AFP


Covid-19, Italy relies on rapid detection tests

Testing the population more quickly and in greater numbers is one of the recipes that the Italian government intends to apply to limit the resurgence of the Covid-19 epidemic. It does not spare any of the 20 regions of the country. It particularly affects Lombardy, Piedmont, Campania and Lazio.

Currently, the RT-PCR molecular test, by nasopharyngeal swab, using a swab, remains the most widely practiced in hospitals and Covid-19 drive-ins. It is considered the most reliable for the diagnosis of Sras-CoV-2.

→ EXPLANATION. Covid-19: the keys to better testing

On average, 120,000 RT-PCR tests are performed each day, compared to 35,000 at the peak of the first wave, in March. “But to slow down the rebound of the epidemic, it would be necessary to practice at least 350,000 per day”, says renowned microbiologist Andrea Crisanti. A mission that seems, for the moment, impossible.

The structures in which they are carried out are overwhelmed, and the deadlines for obtaining the result often exceed 72 hours. Hence the increasingly frequent recourse to the antigen test, based on the search for viral proteins (antigens).

A result in less than thirty minutes

The sampling methods are identical to those for RT-PCR. It is considered to be reliable, although the sensitivity is somewhat lower than the molecular test, especially with low viral load.

Its great advantage is that it allows to obtain a result in less than thirty minutes. It is for this reason that it is practiced on travelers from countries with a high risk of infection, such as France and Spain, at airports such as Rome-Fiumicino and Milan-Malpensa.

The health authorities have just decided to extend it to the population by distributing it to hospitals, drive-ins and general practitioners. “We have concluded the call for tenders with 39 companies to acquire 5 million rapid antigenic tests, within the next ten days, in order to increase the possibilities of detecting the virus faster and better”, announced Sunday, October 11 the extraordinary commissioner for the viral emergency, Domenico Arcuri.

The saliva test during the experiment

Another test, saliva this time, is being tested in some schools in the North and Lazio regions. It has not yet been fully validated by the authorities and is not unanimous among experts.

→ EXPLANATION. Antigenic tests, faster but less reliable than PCR

“At the current stage of our knowledge, antigenic and molecular tests, on saliva samples, are difficult to rapidly detect large numbers of people as they require specifically equipped laboratories”, notes Professor Giovanni Rezza, director of prevention at the Ministry of Health. But some believe that it represents an interesting solution for children, vulnerable people, very old, or suffering from cognitive disorders, because it is not invasive.

Finally, the president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, revealed on October 2 that the Treviso hospital has developed “An antigen test which requires only a painless sample from the nasal cavity and which allows a result to be obtained in ten minutes”.

This test was to be tested in schools and emergency departments. It could then be distributed to families, in the form of a kit, according to the statements of Dr. Roberto Rigoli, chief physician of the microbiology center of Treviso.


Theaters and cinemas need a real alternative – Marino Sinibaldi

Perhaps we should stop for a moment and reflect on the words we are spending and the proposals we are advancing in order not to close cinemas, theaters, concert halls. Not because the arguments are wrong, let alone the intentions are not acceptable. There is no doubt that “art continually re-establishes the community” and that “without theater there is police it begins to disintegrate ”, as Nicola Lagioia wrote for example. And therefore there must be no doubt that in the black hole of a pandemic that seems to never end, we really need art, culture and beauty like bread. We need it as a community and as individuals: without it we would all be weaker, poorer, more alone.

But a pandemic is something that breaks into our lives and doesn’t let itself be dominated. We are learning it – with difficulty, astonished and reluctant – week after week. The data, unless you take the idiocy of the various denial nuances, are cruel. The less equivocal ones from all points of view – the pressure on hospitals and especially the intensive care units – already tell us that we will have a very hard winter.

The only weapon we have is to slow down, empty, isolate. Close what you have to, give up what you can. And then some bitter truth must be told. Cinemas and theaters have already emptied. And anyway, in their small (very small, alas) they contribute to movement, circulation, reunion. Just what we should avoid. The great safety guaranteed by a room with spaced seats is therefore not in question. Nor, if it needs to be repeated, the indispensability of the contents, language, values ​​and emotions of a theatrical or musical performance. But precisely, it is these that should be defended at all costs. It is for these values ​​(in the impossibility, we do not know how temporary, to frequent the places that express them) that a mobilization that is up to the times must be launched. That is to say of the gravity but also of the responsibility of those who – precisely because they care about art and culture, that is, the fullest, most open and generous life – cannot even in the slightest risk endanger the health and existence of others.

It is therefore not a question of resigning oneself. But rather, not to surrender to the alternative between self-reported resistance and fatalistic renunciation. The mobilization of cultural operators and of many citizens who care about the future of art as well as that of their own existence should be directed in another direction. Less rhetoric (it must be repeated: theaters and cinemas will empty anyway, whatever the dpcm that await us) and more effective. No less demanding: first of all it is necessary to ask for certain and rapid resources for a world that has always lived on the edge of poverty and that now risks falling. Its existence is at stake, purely and simply.

In sight there is the disappearance of an entire fabric of companies, orchestras, groups and individual operators. Resources – that is, money and services – immediately, first of all. But then we must think how not to lose the richness of the artistic and cultural experience. And therefore reinvent material and digital ways, real and virtual places, in which to continue to practice art, intelligence, beauty. Studying (and expecting) incentives to be used in this direction: designing platforms and technologies capable of overcoming any isolation, any separation (which will in any case be necessary in the world that is emerging from the pandemic).

And finally to ask, indeed to demand, that the media and the large communication agencies open their spaces to art and culture not only when they protest but in their daily work. Italian platforms – starting naturally from Rai – should be pressed and finally forced to give space to experiences, shows, scenes and sounds that can no longer be expressed elsewhere. Here appeals, petitions, claims should be concentrated. To compensate for and replace empty and silent rooms as possible. Not in the stubborn (and I fear useless) claim to remain open anyway. But to open up more, during and after the pandemic.


With the victory of Tao Geoghegan Hart, the incredible final of the Tour of Italy

We will have to get used to these two names, as we have had to get used to that of Tadej Pogacar, surprise winner of the last Tour de France. Who knew the Briton Tao Geoghegan Hart, second in the general classification at the start of the final time trial? Almost nobody, if not its leader Geraint Thomas, left with the sign of the boss of the Ineos Grenadier team. And forced to retire after a fall at the start of Giro, leaving the field open to his lieutenant.

→ READ. Tour de France 2020: Tadej Pogacar, a kid who made history

We did not know much better his brave second the Australian Jay Hindley of the Sunweb team, who left Sunday, October 25 with the pink jersey, less than a second ahead of the Briton. But the cruel reality of the final time trial, which got the better of Primoz Roglic for the benefit of his young compatriot Tadej Pogacar in the Tour de France, got the better of the Australian’s hopes. Which showed his limits as a roller against Tao Geoghegan, whose power on the flat evokes the great British drivers of recent years, such as Bradley Wiggins, first winner from across the Channel of a Tour de France, in 2012.

Undoubtedly constrained in the mountains by the priority given to his teammate Wilco Kelderman, who stalled in the formidable passage at the Stelvio in the Dolomites at an altitude of 2,750 m, the Australian was not able to let go of everyone, as he seemed to have the capacity. But the logic of the racing team forced him to curb his ambitions, which narrowed the gap with Tao Geoghegan Hart on the eve of the final stage to 80 hundredths of a second. That is to say less than ten meters, after twenty days of racing, 3,497 kilometers and 45,000 m of elevation gain covered.

A tiny gap that has gone down in history

This tiny gap would have gone down in history if it had been maintained until the end, since the small difference recorded on recent Tours is six seconds on the Tour of Spain 2015 between the winner Fabio Aru and the second Tom Dumoulin . In 2010, Alberto Contador had won for ten seconds over Andy Schleck. Less than a second, the thing had never happened and will not be for this 2020 edition of the Giro. The final gap between the winner and the second was in fact widened over the fifteen kilometers of flat terrain of the final stage. Up to 39 seconds at the finish line.

There remains one lesson, repeated at the end of recent major races. The winners are younger and younger and less afraid of taking risks and responsibilities on the big tours. After Tadej Pogacar’s 21 years on the Tour de France, here is a 25-year-old winner and a 24-year-old runner-up on the Tour of Italy. These two men, whom no one would be risky to put on the shelves of favorites before the start of the Giro, succeed an equally unexpected winner in 2019. Richard Caparaz had become the first Ecuadorian to win a grand tour (he also endorsed on Sunday 25 the red jersey of the leader of the Tour of Spain).

In terms of French satisfaction, the cyclamen jersey (the equivalent of green on the Tour de France) for the road of the Groupama FDJ team Arnaud Démare, winner of the points classification after winning four stages. Great consolation after the setbacks in the Tour de France of Thibaut Pinot, mountain leader of the French team.


Otaegui is still sweet and is at the top at the start of the Italian Open

Adrián Otaegui maintains his good tone by placing, with -5, at the top of the Italian Open classification after the dispute yesterday of the first day. The San Sebastian, who has just won the last round of the European Circuit on Sunday at St Andrews, is seven strokes behind the provisional leader, Englishman Laurie Canter, with -12, but three and two strokes behind the group that pursues him, among the which is Adri Arnaus with -7.

Otaegui started in an overwhelming way as he finished in Scotland, with seven birdies in the first eleven holes, to get with forty strokes that could be even less if it were not for the two bogeys he made in two par-four, hole 3 and 7.

In the last seven holes he added a new bogey on the 14th hole and a birdie on the 15th to deliver a card with 67 strokes, in a field, the Chervò club from Brescia, which rewards hitters due to their long length.


A lockdown that shouldn’t be called that

IOn Saturday night there were violent protests by mostly young right-wing extremists in Naples against the pandemic policy of the regional government of Campania. The following night there were riots in Rome, on the Piazza del Popolo, following a rally by the neo-fascist group “Forza Nuova”. Dumpsters were set on fire, police vehicles damaged. Several police officers suffered minor injuries and a dozen or so rioters were arrested. Deputy Interior Minister Matteo Mauri blamed the urban guerrilla there, hooligans, criminal groups and political extremists for the incidents in Naples. Is the next Turin in Piedmont, where this time left activists have called for demonstrations for Monday evening?

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta, based in Rome.

The protests were and are currently directed against the night curfews imposed or announced by the regional presidents. In Campania this came into force at 11 p.m. on Friday evening, in Lazio with the capital Rome one day later at midnight. In Piedmont, people have to stay at home from 11 p.m. on Monday evening until 5 a.m. the next day. In Lombardy, the curfew has been in effect from 11pm to 5am since Thursday, until November 13th. So far there have been no protests in Lombardy, neither in the capital Milan nor in other cities. The northern Italian region is again the “epicenter” of the pandemic in the second wave of infections, as it was when it first broke out in spring. In the specially set up emergency hospital for corona patients in the old Milan trade fair center, serious cases of Covid 19 diseases have been treated again since Wednesday. In the meantime, six of the twenty regions – in addition to the four mentioned, Calabria and Sicily – have ordered or announced night curfews.

Demonstrators threw fireworks at police officers on Sunday night in central Rome.

Demonstrators threw fireworks at police officers on Sunday night in central Rome.

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There shouldn’t be a second lockdown, but it seems inevitable

Meanwhile, in the Palazzo Chigi, the official seat of the Italian Prime Minister, negotiations were practically around the clock at the weekend. The crisis cabinet around Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and the regional presidents over the extent of inevitable further restrictions. In view of the rapidly increasing number of infections with around 20,000 confirmed new infections per day, politicians and experts are generally convinced that measures are also required at national level. On Sunday lunchtime, Conte finally signed the relevant decree, which has been his 22nd decree to fight the pandemic since the end of January. In the past few weeks, Conte had repeatedly affirmed that there would and should not be a second national lockdown and shutdown like the one from the beginning of March to the end of May, because this would completely ruin the country’s weakened economy.

But in fact there is now a second lockdown, even if it shouldn’t be called that. This “soft” lockdown comes into effect on Monday and is initially valid until November 24th. According to this, restaurants, bars, ice cream parlors and pastry shops are only allowed to open from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. The hospitality industry must remain almost completely closed on Sundays and public holidays; restaurants are only allowed to open for lunch. It is prohibited throughout the country to consume food and drinks in publicly accessible places and places after 6 p.m. Only catering and home delivery in compliance with the relevant health and hygiene regulations are allowed in the evening. Streets and squares in city centers where people gather habitually can be closed to the public by the mayors at 9 p.m.


For the first time more than 20,000 new corona infections in Italy | 10/25/20

ROM (dpa-AFX) – In Italy, the number of new corona infections exceeded the 20,000 mark for the first time within one day. As the authorities announced on Sunday, 21 273 new corona cases were registered. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 525,782 confirmed infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus in the Mediterranean country. The death toll in connection with a corona infection rose by 128 on Sunday to 37,338./alv/DP/he