Wednesday 12th of May 2021

Follow Us

Breaking News

Italian province undertakes mass testing for coronavirus

 Italy's northern Alto Adige province on Friday launched a mass coronavirus screening program, officials said.


The Alto Adige province is part of Italy's Trentino Alto Adige region, which shares a northern border with Germany and Austria.


The region has a population of just over one million, according to Jan. 1, 2019 data from the National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT).


The Alto Adige province has a population of over 530,000, and the plan is to screen 350,000 people by Sunday, local authorities said.


The province reported 11,511 positive COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.


This compares to 3,004 new infections confirmed on Friday in the other half of the region, which has a population of over 540,000, according to ISTAT.


"The incidence of infections has reached such proportions that it has made an important joint action necessary," Alto Adige authorities said on the province's official website.


The mass screening program, which runs from Friday to Sunday, is free, voluntary and open to anyone aged five years and older.


People can get their results within 30 minutes of being tested, and anyone testing positive will have to quarantine at home for 10 days, the authorities explained.




The mass screening "can help us identify unknown sources of the infection ... in order to stop the virus from spreading further," the authorities said.


"Every single person ... can contribute to this initiative. The objective is to recover personal freedom, education and work, wherever limitations are in place. This is a great opportunity," the authorities stressed.


So far, over 82,000 people got tested and 1,256 turned out positive, according to the province's website, which is publishing a running tally.


National broadcast news channels -- including Rai News, Sky TG24 news and TGCOM24 -- showed footage of long lines of people waiting to be tested in Alto Adige, and compared the mass screening to similar initiatives taken in China and other Asian countries.


Italy is subdivided into 20 regions and has a population of about 60 million.


On Friday, 37,242 new coronavirus cases were reported by the Ministry of Health. And a total of 777,176 people across Italy were confirmed positive for the virus on Friday.


Since late February, 1,308,528 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Italy. 

Related Europe News

Germany's COVID-19 death toll exceeds 75,000

 BERLIN :The COVID-19 death toll in Germany climbed to 75,212 as 248 new deaths were recorded in one day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Wednesday.   Daily COVID-19 infections continued to rise sharply, with 15,813 new cases registered on Wednesday, almost 2,400 more than one....

European delegation in Yemen to advance peace efforts

Aden,YEMEN:A European Union mission arrived in Yemen’s interim capital, Aden, on Saturday to discuss opportunities for peace with the newly formed government.   The visit is the first by a European delegation since the return of the Yemeni government to Aden on Dec. 30 from Saudi Arabia. ....

Portugal treats more critical COVID patients than ever

 OVIEDO(SPAIN) -  The number of coronavirus patients treated in Portuguese intensive care units (ICUs) reached new highs Friday although the speed of contagion is slowing.   Another 41 patients entered ICUs, bringing the number of critical COVID-19 patients to more than 900 for the f....

Two French soldiers killed in explosion in Mali

 PARIS:Two French soldiers have been killed when an explosion hit their armored vehicle in the West African country of Mali, the French presidency said.   President Emmanuel Macron’s office released a statement on Saturday, saying that an improvised explosive device hit the soldiers....

More European countries report cases of new COVID variant

 (FM) -In Europe, more cases of the new Covid variant have been found. Spain is the latest European country to confirm four cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant recently identified in the UK. Madrid deputy health chief Antonio Zapatero said, the infections - all in Madrid - were lin....

Editor :
Jagadananda Pradhan
Email :
Ph : (+91)6764295999
Contact Us
© 2021 Fast Mail Media Pvt Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
Developed by : FM Media Pvt Ltd.