Sitemap

H.E. Carlo Lo CASCIO, Ambassador of Italy

Italy Every Day “In a Battle” To Save Lives

As the first country in Europe to be hit – and very hard – by the virus, Italy implemented a set of measures in a way that, we can say, it was possibly useful also as an example for many other countries, in Europe and beyond, that unfortunately were also severely affected by the crisis

In the beginning, it was not easy at all, because we found ourselves faced with a lethal, invisible and unknown enemy. Main hotspots, in Lombardia and Veneto Regions, were immediately isolated and containment measures were implemented, as well as several precautious provisions were introduced.

Then the Government opted for severe, probably unpopular, but necessary measures to combat COVID19 and took a stricter path. Restriction to the whole national circulation, which has been – and are still – necessary to contain the infection and safeguard everyone’s health, were introduced. Habits, daily life – in all its even simpler expressions – and also the way of studying and working have radically changed. School buildings were closed, for example, with a switch to online courses at all levels; all jobs, where possible, were turned into “smatworking” modality, and all unnecessary activities were temporarily closed. Physical attendance in offices and in many companies has been therefore significantly reduced, but not all, however, since some categories – the fundamental ones – continued to operate for the whole time.

The end of the restrictive measures in Italy is expected on 4 May

World Health Organization praised from the beginning of the crisis Italy’s action, in an unprecedented time of change. Thousands of men and women – doctors, nurses, researchers – were (and continue to be) every day “in a battle” to save lives, working with the greatest possible commitment and sacrificing themselves for the others. Italians themselves have shown a sense of responsibility by accepting the numerous restrictions, in a completely new reality that we are all getting used to, as here in Serbia when we began to increasingly experiment the importance of staying at home and of reducing contacts with the world outside.

Everyone clearly understands now that the “coronavirus” emergency represents a huge challenge, which affects everyone. The first lesson learned: divisions are not needed, cohesion and solidarity are the most important assets to fight panic and also selfishness. Therefore, the creation of a solidarity mechanism at European level has become a fundamental priority to deal with the economic consequences of the emergency. About the economic recovery also, the Italian Government recently approved a comprehensive package of financial measures aimed at supporting the recovery of the economic system and which provides, in particular, access at credit facility, liquidity, export, internationalization and investment support.

In the last week, clear signs of a slowdown in the growth of new infections -compared to the previous weeks – seem to have consolidated, as well as a decrease in the number of ICU patients and deceased. Therefore the end of the restrictive measures in Italy, in the way that they are conceived now, is expected on 4 May, with a slow return to “normal”, or better said, to a “new normal”. Although numbers are still painful, we hope that these data are indicative of a definitive trend reversal in the infections, which in short can indicate that the necessary measures undertaken in Italy are really producing positive effects.

Finally, this does not mean that the fight is “over”: while we develop the details of the so-called “phase two”, we still need any possible help, as it demonstrated by generous support that Serbia gave to Italy with an 8 million euros help in sanitary protective measures.

Ambassador Carlo Lo Cascio
Ambasador Karlo Lo Kašo

Related Articles

Italy Sends Serbia The Medical Team To Help Fight COVID19

The Italian Embassy in Belgrade announces that a six-member medical team has arrived in Serbia: two anesthesiologists, one emergency doctor, one specialist in infectious...

Solidarity, Friendship Between Serbia And Italy Strengthened

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic wished Italian Ambassador to Belgrade Carlo Lo Cascio, officials and the people of Italy a happy Day of the Republic...

NATIONAL DAY: 2 JUNE (REPUBLIC DAY)

Embassy Of The Republic Of Italy

H.E. Mr. Carlo LO CASCIO Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Address: Birčaninova 11, Belgrade Tel: +381 11 3066 100 E-mail: segreteria.belgrado@esteri.it Website: www.ambbelgrado.esteri.it Social:

Europe Day 2020: Calendar of Events Celebrating the Day

On 9 May 1950, the Schuman Declaration was presented, a document that is considered as the first step in the creation of the European...

Serbia Assisting Italy in the Fight Against Coronavirus

The donation consists of over five million pieces of protective equipment, sent to the Italian Civil Defense, to be distributed to the most needed...

Quint Ambassadors Commend Serbia’s Response to Coronavirus

Prime Minister Ana Brnabic met today with the Quinta ambassadors in Belgrade - the United States, Great Britain, Italy, Germany and France and Head...

500 years since the death of Raphael a genius from Urbino

In 2020 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, known as Raphael, a painter and architect, one of the...

Statement by the Italian Embassy in Belgrade regarding the coronavirus pandemic

At this dramatic moment in Italy, severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Serbian people have shown great solidarity with our country by offering...

More...

EU Expects First COVID Vaccine Application In Coming Days

The European Medicines Agency did not name the company it expects to file the application. However, EU leaders hope a vaccine will be available...

Strengthening Of Close Ties Between Serbia And India

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic met today with Ambassador of India to Serbia Subrata Bhattacharjee. Ambassador Bhattacharjee handed over to Minister Selakovic a letter...

US Pharma Firm Moderna Says Its COVID-19 Vaccine Is 94.5% Effective

Moderna said that Phase 3 stage analysis suggested its coronavirus vaccine could prevent COVID-19. The news comes a week after Pfizer and German drug-maker...

US: Trump Fans Choose Parler Over Twitter

Since the social platforms Twitter and Facebook started warning users that information might be untrue, millions of President Trump's fans have flocked to Parler....

News

Oil And Gas Industry Commits To New Framework To Monitor, Report And Reduce Methane Emissions

In a move that will help tackle one of the biggest and most solvable contributors to the climate crisis,...

Possible Directions Of Adequate Response Of The Health Sector To The Challenges Of The COVID-19

Report recommends more testing, robust epidemiological surveillance, telemedicine, public-private synergies, comprehensive preparations to distribute and administer vaccines from a...

EU Expects First COVID Vaccine Application In Coming Days

The European Medicines Agency did not name the company it expects to file the application. However, EU leaders hope...

EBRD, EU And WBIF Financing Construction Of “Peace Highway” In Serbia

EBRD loan of up to €85 million to finance Niš-Pločnik section of “Peace Highway” “Peace Highway” is a...

Diego Maradona: Argentina Legend Dies Aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The...

Oil And Gas Industry Commits To New Framework To Monitor, Report And Reduce Methane Emissions

In a move that will help tackle one of the biggest and most solvable contributors to the climate crisis,...

Possible Directions Of Adequate Response Of The Health Sector To The Challenges Of The COVID-19

Report recommends more testing, robust epidemiological surveillance, telemedicine, public-private synergies, comprehensive preparations to distribute and administer vaccines from a...

EU Expects First COVID Vaccine Application In Coming Days

The European Medicines Agency did not name the company it expects to file the application. However, EU leaders hope...

EBRD, EU And WBIF Financing Construction Of “Peace Highway” In Serbia

EBRD loan of up to €85 million to finance Niš-Pločnik section of “Peace Highway” “Peace Highway” is a...

Diego Maradona: Argentina Legend Dies Aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The...

Oil And Gas Industry Commits To New Framework To Monitor, Report And Reduce Methane Emissions

In a move that will help tackle one of the biggest and most solvable contributors to the climate crisis,...

Possible Directions Of Adequate Response Of The Health Sector To The Challenges Of The COVID-19

Report recommends more testing, robust epidemiological surveillance, telemedicine, public-private synergies, comprehensive preparations to distribute and administer vaccines from a...

EU Expects First COVID Vaccine Application In Coming Days

The European Medicines Agency did not name the company it expects to file the application. However, EU leaders hope...

EBRD, EU And WBIF Financing Construction Of “Peace Highway” In Serbia

EBRD loan of up to €85 million to finance Niš-Pločnik section of “Peace Highway” “Peace Highway” is a...

Diego Maradona: Argentina Legend Dies Aged 60

Football legend Diego Maradona, one of the greatest players of all time, has died at the age of 60. The...