The numbers of Italians abroad reach a negative record this year. According to the analysis carried out by Coldiretti on Istat data, the number of compatriots who chose a holiday across the border in the current summer it does not reach a million and a half.
The overwhelming majority will remain in Europe, even if all this does not ease concerns, given the resumption of infections that is affecting many of the most popular destinations, with new limitations, constraints and quarantines. Spain, Holland, Cyprus and Malta are colored in red and dark red on the map of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Ecdc) on the incidence of Covid but the infections – specifies Coldiretti – they also increased in the south of France, which switched to yellow along with Ireland, Belgium and parts of Sweden, Finland and Denmark.
Critical issues for Italian tourists – specifies Coldiretti – are also reported in Greece and the ECDC expects a strong rebound in the number of Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks, with almost five times more cases per day by 1 August due to Delta variant and loosening of restrictions.
A difficult situation under observation by the authorities in Italy where – underlines Coldiretti – it already exists quarantine in force for arrivals from England and we are evaluating whether it will be necessary to provide it also for those arriving from Spain and Portugal or from countries at risk.
The same foreign ministry – reports Coldiretti – has issued a warning on the risks of a holiday abroad, reminding all those who intend to go abroad, regardless of the destination and the reasons for the trip, to consider that any movement, in this period, may involve a “health risk” and that in the event that the test is positive for coronavirus or contacts of a positive person, the rules established by local authorities must be followed.
The result is that the Italians have almost entirely decided to remain within their national borders but there is even one in three Italians (33.3 per cent) who has chosen to take a zero kilometer holiday while remaining within their own region.
“Choosing to stay within national borders is not only a prudent choice but – concludes Coldiretti – also an important contribution to supporting the economy and national employment in a sector, such as tourism, severely hit by the Covid pandemic” .