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Vaccine passports will be necessary to go into shops, edges and hairdressers and barbers. The country is set to make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory in a bid to ease pressure on its health service and bring down fatalities. 

A draft decree revealed the measure on Wednesday while a cabinet meeting on new curbs was nevertheless current.

According to the document, which has been seen by Reuters, the measure would be closest effective and run until June 15.

If confirmed, it would make Italy one of a very few European countries to take similar steps.

The draft also says from the beginning of February until the end of March only people who have proof of vaccination or of recent infection will be able to go into public offices, non-basic shops, edges, post-offices and hairdressers.

Italy is making Covid jabs compulsory for the over 50s (Image: Getty)

People outside a pharmacy in Naples waiting to take a swab test for Covid-19 (Image: Getty)

Those flouting the rule, which takes effect from February 15, risk a fine of £500 to £1,252 (€600 to €1,500).

After Britain, Italy has the second highest number of coronavirus deaths in Europe, registering more than 138,000 since its sudden increase emerged in February 2020.

The Government of chief Minister Mario Draghi has already made vaccination mandatory for teachers and health workers.

Since October last year all employees have had to be vaccinated or to show a negative test before entering the workplace.

The draft toughens this up for over-50s by removing the option of taking a test instead of vaccination.

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Dozens of people lined up to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in front of the Overseas Exhibition (Image: Getty)

The Italian Premier Mario Draghi (Image: Getty)

The measures before Italy’s cabinet have triggered frictions between politicians within Mr Draghi’s multi-party coalition.

Ministers from the right-wing League issued a statement distancing themselves from the over-50 vaccine rule, describing it as being “without scientific foundation, considering that the absolute majority of those hospitalised with Covid are well over 60”.

in other places on the continent, Austria has announced plans to make jabs mandatory for those over 14-years-old from February.

In Greece vaccinations will be compulsory for the over-60s from January 16.

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The Omicron variant hit Italy later than some northern European countries, however, situations have soared in recent weeks as hospitals and intensive care units come under increasing pressure.

Italy has seen an average of more than 150 deaths per day during the last two weeks with 231 fatalities on Wednesday and 259 on Tuesday.

On Wednesday 189,109 new infections were recorded – the highest number in Italy since the start of the pandemic.

Covid in the UK (Image: Express)

In a bid to justify the rule, Mr Draghi said: “We want to slow the growth of the contagion curve and push the Italians who have not however vaccinated themselves to do so.

“We intervene in particular on the age groups that are most at risk of hospitalization to reduce the pressure on hospitals and save lives.”

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has been accused of using vulgar language after using a swear information to say he wanted to make life difficult for people who have not been vaccinated.

He told Le Parisien newspaper: “I really want to p*** them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end.”

Medical staff members help a patient in Rome (Image: Getty)

Mr Macron told the publication he would not vaccinate by force the remaining five million people who have not had a measure, but that he hoped to encourage them to get jabbed by limiting their social activities as much as possible.

France reported more than 332,000 situations on Wednesday.

In Germany, the Government is considering shortening Covid self-isolation periods over fears basic sets may grind to a stop, a plan from the country’s health ministry discloses.

Workers in basic sectors, including hospitals or electricity suppliers, would be able to end their isolation after five days provided they test negative for the virus.

The draft proposals are being sent to regional leaders. The current isolation period is 14 days for everyone.

The Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported 58,912 new infections on Wednesday, rising 47 percent from a week ago.

Germany has recorded another 346 deaths, taking its total to 112,925 fatalities.



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