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ROME – The Covid infection rate has increased to 24 percent, as Omicron re-infections reach 8.4 percent, over four times higher than Delta. 

 Head of Higher Health Council, Franco Locatelli, told Sky TG24 of a “clear underestimation of the number of new cases” due to at-home tests. “A lack of protective measures coupled with the high contagiousness of the circulating Omicron variants, Ba.4 and Ba.5” has led to a viral increase, he added. 

 The strain Ba.5 accounts for over 30 percent of the circulating strains, is more contagious and more easily able to evade antibodies. 

28 Jun 2022
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ROME – Raffaele La Capria, one of the most significant figures of late 20th century Italian literature, passed away on Monday evening at the Santo Spirito hospital.

 The award-winning novelist was born in Naples in 1922 and lived in Rome from 1950, after spending extended amounts of time in France, England, and America. 

 His most famous work “Ferito a morte”, a testimony of the Neapolitan and Italian 1950’s, won Italy’s most prestigious award, the Strega Prize in 1961, and is now considered by many critics to be a classic of Italian literature. 

28 Jun 2022
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ROME- 200 firefighters were called in to tackle fires in Rome on Monday morning. Reinforcements have arrived from Umbira, Abruzzo, Tuscany and Campania to help with the fires. The largest fire was in Aurelia with the flames damaging homes and a storage facility, with several tanks of LPG.

 There were also fires in the north west of the city near Casaccia in Laurentina and also Marino. This caused the closure of some roads and some flights were diverted to Fiumicino because there was a fire 4km away from Ciampino.

28 Jun 2022
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ROME – A suspicious package was discovered on Monday that had been sent by post to Leonardo Spa, in Piazza Monte Grappa, and first checks show it could have exploded. 

 Investigations are in progress on the package, deactivated by the police bomb squad, that contained gunpowder. 

 The package arrived by post at Leonardo’s headquarters and the checks showed anomalies. 

 The building was not evacuated, and the police bomb squad intervened on the spot. 

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28 Jun 2022
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MILAN- The founder and owner of the Italian eyewear conglomerate Luxottica, Leonardo Del Vecchio has passed away after being admitted to hospital with pneumonia.

 Del Vecchio, who was born in Milan in 1935, was one of the most influential Italian businessmen in recent times.

 His eyewear conglomerate, founded in 1961 in Agordo, has a workforce of over 180,000 employees and during its time acquired the likes of Oakley and Ray-Ban.

 At the time of his death, he was the second richest man in Italy and the 62nd richest in the world.

27 Jun 2022