In the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament, three leaders of party groups at once became infected with COVID-19, writes Agi. During testing, the coronavirus was detected in the representative of the Forward Italy party, Mariastella Gelmini, and a member of the 5 Star Movement, Davide Crippa. Francesco Lollobrigida of the Brothers of Italy was also infected.
Immediately, the clarification of possible contacts of the sick began, which, as the agency notes, will certainly lead to an increase in the number of parliamentarians forced to resort to home self-isolation. On October 6, there were 45 of them, which, due to the lack of a quorum, twice prevented a vote on a resolution put forward by the ruling majority following a report on government measures to combat coronavirus.
In this regard, in the lower house of parliament, the voices of those who demand the transfer of deputies to a remote form of work and voting began to sound louder. The representative of the Democratic Party, Stefano Ceccani, even organized a collection of signatures under the demand to move to a remote location. His initiative has already been supported by 114 parliamentarians.
According to Askanews, he is often a Free and Equal leftist MP Erasmo Palazzotto - he explained that every week 630 MPs come to Rome for at least three days from different parts of Italy to get together in crowded, enclosed spaces. Therefore, the parliamentarian believes, it is necessary to temporarily cancel the "voting ritual unchanged since 1947" and make it remote.
However, not everyone agrees with this. According to Marco Di Maio of the "Living Italy" party, the Chamber of Deputies should continue to sit in its Montecitorio Palace. “If factories and institutions work, parliament can also work,” the agency quoted him as saying.
A similar position is also taken by representatives of the Forward Italy party and the 5 Star Movement.
According to the country's Ministry of Health, at the moment in Italy, 107,312 people are accurately identified carriers of the coronavirus. 247 872 people were recognized as recovered. At the same time, the number of deaths from COVID-19 is 247,872. The total number of those infected during the pandemic, including those who died and recovered, is 391,611.