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Tourists walk along the promenade near Ovo Castle, also known as Castel dell'Ovo, seaside fortification in Naples, Italy, on July 21. Photo: Alessio Paduano/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Italy will require people to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or a recent negative coronavirus test to participate in select social activities, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Italy has seen a spike in infections driven by the Delta variant, reporting 5,057 new coronavirus infections Thursday, compared to the 4,259 the day before.

  • The country's latest requirement follows a similar move in France which newly demands visitors obtain COVID-19 passes to visit tourist venues.

Details: The Italian government is adopting the requirement of a "green certification," to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.

  • Starting Aug. 6, people in Italy will have to show their health passes to sit at indoor bars and restaurants, go to museums, swimming pools, gyms, theme parks and more.
  • About 40 million people have already downloaded the pass, which was previously used to attend weddings or visit nursing homes, per NYT.

What they're saying: "The virus’s Delta variant is menacing," Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi said, per NYT. "We must act on the front of Covid-19."

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Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Judge denies Massachusetts State Police attempt to delay state vaccine mandate

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A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of the union representing 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay the governor's state employee vaccine mandate, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: State workers who aren't vaccinated in Massachusetts by Oct. 17 will face disciplinary action, including possible termination.

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Delta asks other carriers to share "no-fly" lists of unruly passengers

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Delta Air Lines wants competitors to release their no-fly lists of banned passengers who have exhibited unruly behavior, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Flight attendants and pilot labor unions have voiced their concerns about handling hostile passengers at unprecedented rates since the start of the pandemic.

Sep 25, 2021 - Health

Federal judge upholds Cincinnati health care system's COVID vaccine mandate

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A federal judge ruled Friday that a health care provider serving the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati region can issue mandates requiring its more than 10,000 employees to get vaccinated or risk termination.

Why it matters: It's the latest ruling to uphold U.S. private employers' right to issue vaccine mandates, and comes after President Biden signed an executive order requiring vaccinations or once-a-week testing for companies with more than 100 employees.