CTVNews – Published Friday, January 29, 2021 9:26AM EST

ROME, ITALY — Italy was expected Friday to announce an easing of regional coronavirus restrictions, despite warnings from public health experts that the move may be rash.

Veneto, the region around Venice, was set to be downgraded from an “orange” to a “yellow” zone, which would allow the daytime reopening of bars and restaurants and greater freedom to travel.

A similar change was on the cards for Calabria in the south and Emilia-Romagna in the north, according to La Repubblica daily.

The move would come as other countries in Europe are mulling hardening restrictions.

The World Health Organization’s European branch warned on Thursday that it was “too early to ease up” due to a “still very high” presence of the virus.

“Yes, Italy is bucking the trend,” said Walter Ricciardi, a public health expert who advises Italy’s health minister on the pandemic.

Covid: per due Regioni già fissate nuove priorità vaccinali

Inserite fasce a rischio contestualmente agli over-80

(ANSA) – ROMA, 17 FEB – Veneto e Lazio sono le due Regioni italiane che hanno deliberato un nuovo ordine di priorità per le vaccinazioni anti Sars-Cov-2 per i pazienti più a rischio per somministrare le dosi contestualmente agli over-80. In Calabria un provvedimento analogo è all’esame.