Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has tested positive for covid-19, although he remains asymptomatic, his office reported on April 18.
Therefore, Draghi will not be able to travel to Africa to represent the government in two missions in Angola and the Republic of Congo, where it was planned to conclude agreements to ensure Italy sources of energy supplies other than Russia. . In his place, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Ecological Transition, Luigi Di Maio and Roberto Cingolani, respectively, will travel, according to the newspaper. The Republic.
Last Monday, the Italian Prime Minister traveled to Algiers, where he signed an agreement for a nearly 50% increase in imports of Algerian natural gas.
The increase in exports would make Algeria the main supplier of natural gas to Italy, replacing Russia, by increasing its shipments by an additional 9 to 10 billion cubic meters per year by the end of 2022.
Italy received about 21 billion cubic meters of gas from Algeria in 2021, compared to about 29 billion cubic meters from Russia.
Punishment of the Scottish Prime Minister
Meanwhile, also in Europe, Scotland’s Chief Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been reported to police for not wearing a mask indoors, as Scottish police confirmed on Monday. “We can confirm that we have received a complaint which is currently being assessed,” a spokesman for Police Scotland said, according to the BBC.
Sturgeon visited a barbershop on April 16, where he shaved off a man’s beard while the press took photos of a campaign event. Videos on social media show her without a mask and interacting with people, as she shares a photo from the event on her Instagram account wearing a dress.
Police Scotland said they had reminded Sturgeon of “the importance of wearing a face covering when it is a legal obligation”, but ruled out taking any further action against her, according to a statement. .
Afterwards, the Scottish Chief Minister apologized for what “was a few seconds” without a mask and assured that the officers had acted “absolutely correctly” in contacting her, the Sky News network collected.
Sturgeon’s party, the Scottish National Party (SNP), had previously claimed that a crowd invited Sturgeon into the hair salon in question during an event which was taking place outside in the street. After a few seconds inside, “he realized he was not wearing the mask and put it on immediately”added.
In December, Sturgeon had already had to apologize for breaking the rules imposed by the covid-19 because he had briefly removed his mask during a funeral. From this Monday, Scots are no longer required to wear masks in most interiors.
New global summit on covid-19
This news comes after the United States government announced a second global summit on the covid-19 pandemic on May 12, successor to the one held in September 2021 and where countries will also be able to discuss future health threats. .
The United States was the host of the first meeting and in this second meeting, also telematic, they will share the spotlight with Germany, Indonesia, Senegal and Belize, as heads of forums such as the G7, G20, African Union and Caribbean Community (CARICOM), according to a joint statement issued by the White House.
“The summit will redouble our collective efforts to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for future health threats,” reads the note, in which Washington invites political leaders and organizations in the civil society to take advantage of the coming weeks to launch new commitments.
Among the objectives of this new summit are again vaccination, the development of tests and treatments, the protection of the health system and its agents or the financing against possible emergencies, explained the White House.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, who has already received four doses of the vaccine against the new coronavirus, has made the fight against the pandemic one of his main axes of government, largely unlike his predecessor, Donald Trump, who has publicly dismissed the significance of the coronavirus as a public health emergency.
*With information from Europe Press.