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People who do not wear face masks in certain scenarios in Campania in Italy risk being slapped with a €1,000 fine under new measures brought in by President of Campania Vincenzo De Luca on Friday.

In a tweet, he said: “Deciding to open Italy for economic, social and psychological reasons has brought us new infections.

“There is no need to panic, however, all citizens must be responsible.”

The first three fines were issued on Saturday in the city of Salerno to people not covering their faces in shops.

Mayor of Salerno Vincenzo Napoli said the amount of the fine “is right and must be applied without discounts to anyone”.

He added: “Not only the managers of the shops, but also the customers must respect the rules.

“It takes everyone’s contribution to defeat this virus. Each one of us must do its part.

“Repressive acts are the extreme solution that will still be applied if the situation does not change.”

The new rules come after a spike in cases in Salerno in recent days.

Mr Napoli said: “Covid has not been defeated. Each of us should follow simple rules and behaviours.

“Wash your hands, keep a safe distance, avoid gatherings and wear a mask.

“We are waiting for the vaccine to arrive. It is certainly not easy to control everyone and everything.

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“An inner mechanism must be triggered in everyone’s conscience.

“Persuasive actions for those who make mistakes will also be followed by very harsh repressive actions if necessary.

“I hope that my fellow citizens understand that we must safeguard our own health and that of others.”

Italy has reported 246,118 coronavirus cases and 35,107 deaths, according to the latest figures from Reuters.

In England, it is compulsory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets and on public transport.

Anyone flouting the rules without an exemption risks a £100 fine – reduced to £50 if paid quickly.

Mr Johnson was asked on Friday whether he thinks it is a good idea for the public to be “shaming” people who are not wearing face coverings.

The Prime Minister said: “I think we should rely on the massive common sense of the British people that have so far delivered the results that we’ve seen, and that’s going to work.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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