The Italian government plans to relax the quarantine rules for people who are in close contact with Covid-19 sufferers. Such a statement by the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Wednesday evening.
Isolation will no longer be required for those who are on a booster dose, have completed the first cycle of vaccination, or have recovered from coronavirus for less than 120 days. You must have a negative test five days after contact.
The quarantine will be reduced from seven to five days for people who have completed the vaccination cycle or have recovered from the disease for more than 120 days. They also need a negative smear afterwards. Those who were not vaccinated must continue to be kept in isolation for 10 days.
Experts estimate that because of the rapidly growing number of infections as a result of the Omikron variant, ten million Italians could be quarantined at home in the next ten days, either because they infected themselves or because they came into contact with people who tested positive. Currently, 2.5 million of the 59 million Italians are in quarantine.