Once seen as the world's worst hotspot, Italy managed to bring its daily Covid-19 toll down. However, officials are worried by a gradual resurgence.
At the time of writing Italy recorded 252,235 coronavirus cases and 35,231 related fatalities. 202,923 people have also recovered.
Italy on Wednesday announced that coronavirus tests will be conducted on travellers coming from Greece, Malta, Spain and Croatia.
It also added Colombia to a list of countries under a complete travel ban.
Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza on Wednesday announced he had signed an order requiring antibody or swab tests to be performed on all arrivals from the four countries. According to Italian media reports he explained there could be three options for such testing, including subjecting holidaymakers to antigen test in the place of arrival (airport, port, or train station), imposing a swab test within 48 hours after arrival or asking holidaymakers to show a negative certificate of COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before their arrival.
"We must continue on a path of caution to defend the results we have obtained over the past months through sacrifices by everyone," Health Minister Roberto Speranza posted on Facebook.
Ho firmato una nuova ordinanza che prevede test molecolare o antigenico, da effettuarsi con tampone, per chi arriva da Croazia, Grecia, Malta e Spagna.
Dobbiamo continuare sulla linea della prudenza per difendere i risultati raggiunti negli ultimi mesi con il sacrifico di tutti.
— Roberto Speranza (@robersperanza) August 12, 2020