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Italian government looks to expand green coronavirus passport

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government is looking to expand the so-called "green coronavirus passport" by making it mandatory for all public sector workers this week, and then perhaps extending it to at least some parts of the private sector in the near future.

The Italian government was expected to expand the scope of the green passport last week, but a delay occurred due to reservations by the right-wing Italian League party led by Matteo Salvini and some technical problems that needed to be resolved, according to the Italian "ANSA" news agency.

Other parties in the ruling coalition continue to push hard for an increase in the role of the green passport, saying this will reduce the risk of a new spike in COVID-19 infections.

"The ruling majority parties must not betray the government's mission, which is to protect the country from the epidemic," said the leader of the "Five Star Movement" and former Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

Italian Labor Minister Andrea Orlando, of the centre-left Democratic Party, said that "there will certainly be an expansion of the use of the green passport".

A green corona virus passport is a digital or paper certificate that shows if someone has received at least one dose of corona vaccines, tested negative or recently recovered from the virus, and is necessary to do many things in Italy, such as travel abroad or On high-speed trains and on domestic flights, to attend certain events and to be able to sit at a table inside bars and restaurants.

Any adult entering a school, including parents, must obtain the pass along with all higher education staff and students.