Palermo towards the red zone, traders on a war footing: “No to further restrictions”

The merchants of Palermo on a war footing after the news of the increase in infections that now leave little doubt about the establishment of the red zone in the city. “We will not be able to accept, on the basis of an inadequate and artisanal system, to say the least, further restrictive measures,” says the president of Confcommercio Palermo Patrizia Di Dio.

«We vitally need to work – underlines Di Dio -. Those who are forced to close their business without having adequate support, but only small alms, remain only to be able to work to stay alive. We, shops and public establishments, pay the highest price due to unfair decrees“.

Meanwhile, to reinforce the hypothesis of a possible red zone in the city, the provisional data transmitted by the Commissioner for the Covid-19 emergency – and revised by the Statistical Office of the Municipality of Palermo -, with reference to the last week (from 30 March to April 5), according to which the number of new positives is equal to 1763, or 275.2 per 100 thousand inhabitants. Yesterday’s bulletin was also worrying, which in the last 24 hours recorded almost 600 new infections in the province of Palermo: almost two thirds of the whole island. However, Confcommercio is not happy with it: «To date we have not yet heard of a change of pace on the system that we are asking for it to be finally certified and computerized, as befits a civilized country. Therefore we will not be able to accept, on the basis of an inadequate and artisanal system, to say the least, further restrictive measures ».

«No one has yet had the intellectual honesty to rethink the criteria of the restrictive measures and no one has admitted the failure of the emergency management as it has been conducted for over a year. The slowness of the vaccination campaign is also a clear confirmation of this, which at the current averages would see the administration of the first dose completed only in February 2022 ».

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