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Italy orders COVID-19 testing on some travellers from France

Workers of Red Cross check screens of a tablet connected to a thermal scanner that detects temperature as passengers wait to board a 'COVID free' flight at Rome's Fiumicino airport, Italy, September 16, 2020 in this still image taken from video. The trial running for one month on two Alitalia flights flying from Rome's Fiumicino to Milan's Linate each day requires all passengers to prove they have tested negative to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before boarding, and offers passengers a rapid nasal swab test at the airport that gives the result in 30 minutes. Picture taken September 16, 2020. Aeroporti di Roma/Handout via REUTERS

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy will make testing for COVID-19 compulsory for people traveling from Paris and some other areas of France, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Monday, following growing concerns about rising cases in Europe.

“European data is worrying. Italy is doing better than other countries but we need to be cautious,” Speranza wrote on Twitter.

A health ministry spokesman said the new testing would start from Tuesday.

Testing will be compulsory for those travelling from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Corsica, Hauts-de-France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and Île-de-France - the region that includes Paris, the ministry said in a statement.

French health authorities reported 10,569 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down from the previous day’s record increase of 13,498.

Italy, hit by one of Europe’s worst outbreaks of COVID-19 with over 298,000 confirmed cases and 35,700 deaths, managed to contain the contagion after a peak in March and April. On Sunday it reported 1,587 new cases.

Reporting by Elvira Pollina and Angelo Amante, Editing by Timothy Heritage