ITALIAN TOURISTS TESTED FOR COVID-19 ON RETURN
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza has signed an order requiring anyone arriving from Croatia, Greece, Spain and Malta to be tested for Covid-19 in an attempt to avoid a spike of new cases, according to Euronews.
"We must continue on a path of caution to protect the results we have obtained over the past months thanks to everyone's sacrifices," Speranza said on Facebook.
After several weeks of rigorous national lockdown in the spring that put a strain on the economy, Italy has successfully managed to contain the number of cases.
Now, as the summer holidays reach their peak, concerns have been raised about the return of tourists that travelled to countries where social distancing and the use of face masks are not as widely enforced.
"As far as we have seen a handful of Italian tourists - including us - are being mindful of social distancing and using masks in public spaces", says Davide Berton, a 23-year old traveller who has been spending a week in a holiday village on the small Greek island of Kos.
The Italian government has been asking people to wear masks in public spaces, keep a distance of one metre from other people and wash their hands often at least until September.
"There are no known cases here at the moment, but we have been told the local hospital is not prepared to provide tourists with tests," he told Euronews.
"Of course, the staff keeps a mask on at all times and they take every precaution," he said.
Mediterranean countries face new Covid-19 waves
Greece is currently facing the worst rate of infections since the beginning of the pandemic. The government announced a curfew for restaurants and bars in some of its major tourist destinations - including Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Crete - on Monday.