The color map in Italy changes again with two Regions that from Monday 17 January will pass in a different band: Campania which will go into the yellow zone as most of the country now with few exclusions and the Valle d’Aosta for which it will start the orange zone. Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed the ordinance in light of the flow of data from the monitoring of the Higher Institute of Health (Iss), the Ministry of Health and the Regions. Read also While the Omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, 186,253 new Covid infections and another 360 deaths were recorded in Italy yesterday. We are in “an acute epidemic situation”, explained the president of the Higher Institute of Health (Iss), Silvio Brusaferro. commented: “The careful analysis of the data relating to hospitalizations leads us to severe reflections on the choice not to get vaccinated. In fact, it emerges that of the totality of Covid positives treated in our hospital the vast majority (42 people) either do not have the vaccine or she is vaccinated in an ineffective way (for more than 120 days). It is particularly striking that 6 of the 7 Covid patients in intensive care have not received the vaccine. Not to be vaccinated is a choice of a few, which however can have serious consequences for everyone ” . “The hospital situation would be radically different if the entire population were vaccinated. With the rules in force – he added – very small numbers on hospitalizations can change the position of the Region: getting vaccinated today is more than ever a sign of responsibility and solidarity, to which we are all called without distinction if we want to contribute to the restart of the Aosta Valley. “ISS REPORT – In Italy the Rt index rises.” In the period 22 December 2021 – 4 January 2022, the average Rt calculated on symptomatic cases was equal to 1.56, a further increase compared to the previous week and well above the epidemic threshold “notes the report of the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) with the main data of the control room monitoring.” It is slightly down instead the transmissibility index based on cases with hospitalization (Rt 1.2 (1.18-1.22) on 4 January against Rt 1.3 (1.27-1.32) on 28 December 2021 “, specifies ‘Iss. Also the weekly incidence a national level “continues to increase: 1.988 per 100.000 inhabitants (7-13 January) against 1.669 per 100.000 inhabitants (31 December 2021-6 January 2022), data flow from the Ministry of Health”. As regards the situation in hospitals, the report highlights that hospitalizations and the occupancy of beds in intensive care are growing: “The employment rate in intensive care is 17.5% (daily survey by the Ministry of Health as of January 13) against 15.4% (daily survey by the Ministry of Health as of January 06). The employment rate in medical areas at the national level rises to 27.1% (survey by the Ministry of Health on January 13) against 21.6% (survey by the Ministry on January 6) “.” We confirm “the presence in Italy of “an acute epidemic situation, with a weekly incidence that has reached almost 2 thousand cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and a transmission speed in the country that remains significantly above the value of 1. As regards hospital services, they have a trend that is comparable to what is also happening in other European countries and it is important that the trend of growth in hospitalizations “for Covid” can be reversed, precisely to try to avoid overloading of services that are already heavily involved “is the warning launched by Brusaferro. Covid cases grow in all ages. “The 20-29 age group is the one that has the highest number of cases on the rise, followed by 10-19 and 30-39. All the others are to follow. If we then look at the younger age groups, we see that the curve is growing a bit in all of them “, explained the president of the Higher Institute of Health.