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Dov’e l’Amore, anyone?

Italy’s covid vaccine mandate for over-50s in force from 15 February (Wanted In Rome)


Uh oh.


From top: the long-promised Dublin MetroLink; Paolo Serpi, Italian Ambassador to Ireland

“Try to imagine what it means to have done four, no, five lines in Rome. In a city like Rome, to dig 100m down in Rome, what does that mean? But we have done it!

I want to know if we can do something, we, as Italians, for you?

“I don’t care if the Irish underground in Dublin is made by the Italians. I am just metaphorically breaking your… I don’t want to use bad words, but if you make a common effort you can do it!”

Italian Ambassador Paulo Serpi expressing concern about delays to Dublin’s MetroLink rail line.


Italian ambassador concerned by Dublin MetroLink delay (Irish Times)

Thanks ESB

A Roma fan was revived with defibrillator during the match against Spezia last night

Last night.

Via Italy24News:

During the match of the 17th round of the Italian football championship between Roma and La Spezia, one of the fans had a heart failure in the stands, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

In the 30th minute of the first half, one of the Roma fans became ill – the 23-year-old fan had a heart failure. He received urgent help, he was resuscitated with a defibrillator and taken to the hospital. On the way, he had another attack.


On Saturday in Samara at the end of the Russian championship match Krylia Sovetov – Rubin one of the spectators felt bad. The doctors who arrived in time carried out resuscitation for half an hour, but could not save the victim’s life. According to preliminary data, a 50-year-old man suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

Roma fan revived with defibrillator during the match against Spezi (Italy24News)

Yesterday: ‘Breathing Diffculties



This morning.

Genoa, Italy.


Blocking of the port of Genoa continues to the bitter end against the requirement of a health passport. This morning two policemen brought food and solidarity to the port workers: “Keep it up guys, don’t give up!” Stupendous.


Italy’s ‘green pass’ workplace protests come to an end as police disperse crowds (The Local Italy)



Piazza del Popolo square, Rome, Italy on October 9

This morning.

Protesters gathered at Italian ports as the country braced for widespread disruption over new coronavirus requirements for workers.

Via Reuters:

Roughly 300 people blocked an entrance to the port of Genoa in the northwest, causing delays in what was feared to be the start of a day of blockades and demonstrations.

Hundreds also demonstrated at the port of Trieste, a major hub in the northeast, but regional chief Massimiliano Fedriga insisted “the port is working”.

From this morning, all workers must show a so-called Green Pass offering proof of vaccination, recent recovery from Covid-19 or a negative test — or face being declared absent without pay.

More than 86 per cent of Italians over the age of 12 have received at least one jab, thus automatically qualifying for the certification.

But up to three million workers are estimated to be unvaccinated — and most will only be able to work if they pay for their own tests either every 48 or 72 hours, depending on the type.

Protests as Italy’s Covid pass becomes mandatory for workers (TodayOnline)


Surprise proposal: Italian tourist couple Michael and Fererica


Galway city.

Eamonn writes:

Michael Torregrossa chose his moment to propose to Fererica Lombino in front of the famous Neactains Pub in the city’s Latin Quarter. After eating Connemara Oysters from The Galway Oyster House, Mr. Terregrossa slipped away and then on the pretex of asking Ms. Lombino to listen to a street musician dropped to his knee and produced a Claddagh Ring and proposed.
Ms. Lombino accepted to the loud applause of thrilled onlookers

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

Music teacher Sandro Tognatti died hours after getting AstraZeneca vaccine

This morning.

Prosecutors in Italy have launched a manslaughter investigation after a music teacher there died hours after getting the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Via New York Post:

Sandro Tognatti, 57, got jabbed in his hometown Biella on Saturday afternoon and went to bed that night with a high fever, his wife, Simona Riussi, told Italian media.

She called an ambulance the next morning but the clarinetist could not be saved, she said.

….Prosecutors in the northern Italian region of Piedmont opened the probe into his death later that day, according to the Italian wire service Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA).

They also seized nearly 400,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the same batch.

So far, officials have insisted there has yet to be a direct link between Tognatti’s death and his shot.

Italy opens manslaughter case after teacher dies hours after getting AstraZeneca vaccine (New York Post)

Yesterday: Target Market

Doing the rounds in Italy.

A video of Covid response committee chairman, Michael McNamara (top) last September  questioning Dr John Cuddihy, Director, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, HSE, on how rona deaths are counted.


Michael McNamara: “Dr Cuddihy, if someone shows no symptoms of Covid and they have a heart attack and are brought to hospital and they are tested and it is found they have Covid and they die soon thereafter – but this is someone who has demonstrated no symptoms whatsoever – are they recorded as a Covid death or not? If they have tested positive for Covid but ultimately came to hospital because they had a heart attack or a stroke or fallen off the roof of a building or something like that?”

Dr John Cuddihy: “We adhere to the World Health Organisation case definition in terms of recording and reporting deaths so in the situation you describe, where someone has a positive Covid test and it is a death in a confirmed Covid case but such a case would be subject to a coroner’s report aswell, and as part of the ongoing validation of data in our surveillance system, we wouldn’t…”

McNamara: “Obviously a coroner’s report takes a very long time to work its way through the system. So, for now, they are recorded as a Covid death? And maybe they are taken off that list at a later date. is that what you are saying?

Dr Cuddihy: “That’s it exactly.”

Previously: Just To Clarify

44 degrees!

In a mask!

Any excuse.




Ah here.