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Covid and infections, regions at risk, Omicron variant: the situation in Italy

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Dec 3, 2021

Covid infections in Italy are growing, the incidence continues to increase and the Rt is at 1.20. In 4 regions, intensive care, one of the parameters for the yellow zone, is above the critical threshold, while there is a first case of Omicron variant in Veneto. Read also Yesterday in Italy, 17,030 new infections and 74 deaths were recorded. Once 588,445 swabs were performed, the positivity rate was 2.89%. Currently 5,385 patients (+87) are hospitalized with symptoms, while 708 are in intensive care (+10). ISS REPORT – The Higher Institute of Health (Iss) in the report with the main data of the control room monitoring notes that “the weekly incidence at the national level continues to increase: 155 per 100 thousand inhabitants (November 26-December 2) against 125 per 100 thousand inhabitants (19-25 November), data from the Ministry of Health “. And the national RT is still above the epidemic above. “In the period 10 – 23 November, the mean Rt calculated on symptomatic cases was equal to 1.20 (range 1.12 – 1.28), above the epidemic threshold. It is decreasing, but still above the epidemic threshold the index of transmissibility based on cases with hospitalization (Rt = 1.09 on 23 November against Rt 1.15 on 16 November) “explains the ISS. INCREASING INFECTIONS – “The Italian situation sees an increase in the incidence, which rose to 155 cases in 7 days per 100 thousand inhabitants. It is evident that even in Europe the color of the maps is darkening”, with “more areas and countries that change color with a higher intensity of circulation. Some countries have particularly significant curves “, while” Italy is in the part where the curves grow more contained “highlights the president of the Higher Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro, explaining that” a at the regional level there are some contexts where circulation and the increase in cases are increasing, particularly in the North-East “.” The age groups most affected are those under 20 years but also between 20 and 30 years have a higher in the last 7 days. There is an increase in cases in the 12-19 years or under 12 age groups. And although to a limited extent there is the need for hospitalization “, says Brusaferro. “In Italy – he adds – we record a continuous growth in symptomatic cases and hospitalizations”. IN 4 REGIONS INTENSIVE CARE ABOVE CRITICAL THRESHOLD – Four Regions, as of 2 December, exceeded the critical threshold of 10% of the occupancy of beds in intensive care by Covid patients: Friuli (15%), Umbria (11%) , Veneto (11%) and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (14%). This is what emerges from the daily monitoring of the National Agency for Regional Health Services (Agenas) which shows, in general, a stable curve at the national level (8%) with a certain regional inhomogeneity. For the employment of intensive care three Regions – Liguria, Marche and Lazio – are on the threshold of 10%. And there are still 3 Regions that, on the other hand, have exceeded the limit of 15% envisaged for hospitalizations in non-critical areas: Friuli Venezia Giulia which remains at 23%, the autonomous province of Bolzano (20%) and the Valle d ‘Aosta (28%). ECDC: INCREASE IN CASES, HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS EXPECTED IN ITALY – “Very high” level of concern 8.3 out of 10 for Covid-19 in Europe according to ECDC, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. A picture in which Italy is among the 8 states (together with Estonia, Iceland, Malta, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) that arouse “moderate concern”, the lowest level at this time of the fourth wave in progress. Our country, however, will still have to expect an increase in cases, hospitalizations both in the medical area and in intensive care and deaths in the coming days. OMICRON VARIANT – Meanwhile, while in Campania there are 7 cases of the Omicron variant (positive results were swabs performed on 3 members of the family unit of the so-called ‘patient zero’, cases that are added to those of the man, his wife and the two children) there is a first case in Veneto. The news is given by the president of the Region Luca Zaia. “The Omicron variant of Covid-19 was sequenced for the first time in Veneto in the laboratories of the Zooprophylactic Institute of the Venezie – Izs” communicates the governor. It is a male person, resident in the Vicenza area, who returned from a business trip to South Africa. The patient, who is vaccinated, tested negative for a first swab done on return, but, perceiving some slight symptoms, he did a second, which gave a positive result, highlighting the Omicron variant.

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