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An airport in Olbia, Italy, on Aug. 4. Photo: Emanuele Perrone/Getty Images

The Italian government announced Thursday that proof of at least one dose of vaccine, a negative coronavirus test or recent recovery from COVID-19 will be required to access indoor dining, theaters, swimming pools, gyms, museums and other facilities starting Friday, according to AP.

Why it matters: Italy, which has been battered by the virus, has not yet mandated the vaccine for the general public, but the new requirements significantly tighten restrictions on unvaccinated people in the country.

  • The administration led by Mario Draghi also announced that a Green Pass — a digital or paper certificate — will also be required to board long-distance transportation between regions, according to Reuters.

By the numbers: Italy has vaccinated almost 60% of its population, though it, like many other countries, is experiencing an increase in cases and hospitalizations driven by the Delta variant of the virus.

The big picture: Conservative politicians have said that Draghi's vaccination campaign has gone too far by discriminating against people who are unvaccinated, damaging freedoms and breaking European Union rules.

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America’s COVID future has arrived

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Data: N.Y. Times; Cartogram: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The U.S. and COVID-19 are settling into a long, but hopefully manageable future together.

The big picture: The worst of the pandemic is likely behind us, but the virus is here to stay. We’re entering a new phase — one in which the country’s overall experience with this virus will be less like having a heart attack, and more like managing a lifelong chronic condition.

Updated 22 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
Nov 12, 2021 - World

Netherlands to return to 3-week partial lockdown amid surging COVID cases

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands speaks as National Statements are delivered on day two of the COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced Friday a three-week partial lockdown as a result of surging COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands.

Why it matters: The lockdown comes as Western Europe experiences a new wave of COVID-19 infections across the continent.