Palermo in the red zone: now it’s official. After hours of waiting, requests from the mayor, updated data on the epidemiological amendment in the city, the president of the Region, Nello Musumeci issued the order which will be valid until next April 14 inclusive.
THE ORDER SIGNED BY MUSUMECI
A painful decision, transpires from environments close to him, but necessary to curb the surge in infections that in any case does not concern only Palermo but the whole province. In addition, hospitals record a number of full-emergency hospitalizations. The measures were adopted following the request of the mayor of Palermo to have more restrictive measures than the current “orange zone” and after the report of the Commissioner ad acta for the Covid emergency in the Palermo metropolitan area.
What can be done from Wednesday
It is forbidden to leave the house, except for “proven reasons for work, health or necessity” to be self-certified. Therefore, it is forbidden to move within one’s own municipality and obviously also outside or outside the region, as long as it is not justified and certified. Walks are allowed only near their homes. Transit, in and out of the municipal territory, is always allowed for the return to one’s home, home or residence; transit to reach second homes (non-main homes) is forbidden on entry and exit. The transit, in and out of the municipal area, is allowed for health and social-health workers, for personnel involved in assistance to activities relating to the emergency, for the entry and exit of food, health and of essential goods or services, reach further territories not subject to travel restrictions. Transit, in and out, remains permitted to guarantee the activities necessary for the care and breeding of animals and the non-deferrable business activities connected to the biological cycle of plants.
In the order signed by President Nello Musumeci “the national provisions for the red areas are applied in the municipality of Palermo”. National provisions will also apply to schools, therefore, school and teaching activities will be in attendance only up to and including sixth grade. Dad is provided for all other school activities. At the moment, therefore, the infant-toddler centers, kindergarten, primary and junior high school will be in attendance, a decision which is also supported by the mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando, who specifies: “As regards the schools, we will adhere to the national provisions referred to. by the President of the Region who provide for face-to-face teaching up to and including sixth grade, trusting in the fact that a continuous and reliable flow of data will allow constant monitoring of the situation in the coming days and reserving for us the possibility, should the situation require it, of further measures more restrictive in compliance with what has been achieved for some time in the rest of Italy and according to national regulations “.
Closed footwear and clothing stores (except those for children) and shopping centers, open grocery stores, newsstands and other basic necessities, from pharmacies to tobacconists to electronic products and bookstores. Takeaway and home delivery in bars and restaurants, the first only until 6pm.
Stop the markets, apart from those of food products. No hairdressers or barbers. Cinemas, theaters, gyms and swimming pools remain closed as has been the case for months now.
The latest data relating to the city of Palermo
This morning, the statistical office of the Municipality of Palermo, had released the news that on the basis of the provisional data transmitted by the Commissioner for the Covid-19 emergency, in the Municipality of Palermo the number of new positives in the week from March 30 to April 5 is equal to 1763, equal to 275.2 per 100 thousand inhabitants. Yesterday, with reference to the week from March 28 to April 3, it was equal to 251.3.
The boom in infections in Palermo and the province had the immediate effect of the clogging of hospitals. The Covid emergency rooms of the Cervello, Termini Imerese and Partinico hospitals are now full. The brain overcrowding index has reached 155%, but also in Partinico, where several ambulances have been hijacked in the last few hours, there are fewer and fewer beds available.
The statement of the mayor Leoluca Orlando
“After months of uncertainty about the data, the progress of the epidemic and the state of pressure suffered by the hospital system and its operators, unfortunately there is an extremely worrying situation in Palermo and an extremely worrying situation of continuous increase of new infected persons certified by the reports provided in these hours by the Commissioner for the emergency and the Head of the Regional Prevention Department and which determines the need for the red zone “, declared the mayor after the order of the governor Nello Musumeci. “In the hope that everyone truly and finally understands the gravity of the now evident uncertainty and contradictory data provided in the past and of pressure on the situation and on the hospital estate that is putting hundreds of lives at risk, we can only reiterate that it can no longer be postponed. a very urgent discussion table so that the national and regional governments evaluate all the measures necessary to guarantee the right to health and real aid to families and businesses “., he added. “As far as schools are concerned, we will adhere to the national provisions recalled by the President of the Region which provide for face-to-face teaching up to and including the first grade, trusting in the fact that a continuous and reliable flow of data will allow constant monitoring of the situation in the coming days and reserving us the possibility, should the situation require it – he underlines -, of even more restrictive measures in compliance with what has been happening for some time in the rest of Italy and according to national regulations “.
The request of the mayor Leoluca Orlando
Yesterday afternoon, the mayor of Palermo had asked the governor of Sicily for more severe measures. “The data on the epidemiological trend in the city, currently provided by the technical offices and published on the national civil protection website, are worrying – he said -. I therefore asked the President of the Region Nello Musumeci to adopt the most restrictive measures and to take charge, with the national government, of the refreshments for economic activities. You don’t mess with people’s lives “.
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