Rome, Aug 25 . .- The Health Ministers of Italy and Spain, Roberto Speranza and Salvador Illa, respectively, spoke today by videoconference to “continue coordinating measures” against the coronavirus, as announced by the former.
“We must continue to work together to coordinate measures to combat COVID-19, starting with ports and airports, and to strengthen European research on treatments and vaccines,” Speranza wrote on his Facebook account.
Since last August 13, Italy included Spain among four “risk” countries of the European Union and decreed the obligation to take a coronavirus test.
The Italian Government decreed that, given the increase in new infections in Spain, Greece, Malta and Croatia, all people arriving from these countries must undergo a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of entering the national territory .
It is also accepted that the traveler arrives with a certificate of negative result of a test carried out at the point of origin in the 72 hours prior to the trip.
The ordinance affects both Spaniards or other foreigners who come from those countries and Italians who have traveled as tourists or for other reasons and return to their country, and until they have the negative result of the test they must remain isolated in their homes .
The first days of the ordinance chaos reigned since the airports were not yet ready and there was no possibility of taking the test.
The Roman airports of Fiumicino and Ciampino and others such as those of Milan or Venice took several days to activate these controls and install booths for the tests.
Those who landed in Rome those days, the police told them that they should call a “green number” of the health of the Lazio region to undergo the PCR test.
Virginia, a Spanish resident in Rome, went twice to one of the hospitals with a “drive-in” system designated to carry out these tests.
On the first occasion, the wait in the queue of vehicles was about 6 hours, according to what they told him upon arrival, and when he repeated the experience early the next day there were already 400 cars in line and a wait of “almost all day”.
The problems have not ended with the start of rapid tests at airports.
Several Spaniards have told Efe that when their flight landed after 6 in the afternoon, the service to carry out the tests has already been closed at the Roman airports.
“The whole family has gone to a drive-in and we already have a queue of about 300 vehicles,” Rocío told Efe, who arrived last night on an Iberia flight back to Rome after 6 in the afternoon.
Therefore, they have decided that someone in the family should go home “to find sandwiches and books” to pass the wait.
The Italian media have shown this last week the long lines of vehicles at the few “drive in” points installed for arrivals from these four countries.
The regional government of Lazio has also installed another control for Covid tests in the port of Civitavecchia.