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Covid, Italy between the Delta variant and the white zone: the point


Italy white zone with Rt index and decreasing incidence gradually returns to a (new) normality: for almost a week without outdoor masks, the country faces summer with few restrictions, zero curfew, strong of over 19,800,000 vaccinated so far among the over 12. But the attention remains very high in any case, to worry is in fact the Delta variant with the increase in infections in the area due to the mutation that now seems established will become prevalent. At the moment, the ISS explains, the former Indian variant is identified in 16 Regions and Autonomous Provinces, with a range between 0 and 70.6% and a prevalence of 22.7%. Less than the English or Alpha variant – currently 57.8% of prevalence – but more aggressive and alarming. So many appeals, therefore, to caution. First of all, that of Health Minister Roberto Speranza, who was clear yesterday: the pandemic, he said, “is not over”. Read also “We certainly claim – explained the minister – a different situation, which allowed us to make gradual openings. But we absolutely must not imagine that the game is over. We need to continue with attention, caution, gradualness, especially to light of the many variations that are making this challenge more difficult and with respect to which we need to keep the level of attention, control and verification very high. Certain caution, but also optimism, with the Undersecretary of Health Pierpaolo Sileri who only a few days ago – guest of ‘Timeline’ on Sky Tg24 – assured: “For the Delta variant we must not worry too much because we know that it does not evade vaccines. Anyone says the vaccines are not safe for the Delta variant says nonsense. The vaccines work for the Delta variant. We have to complete the second doses, go ahead and vaccinate the population as much as possible. ” “There will be a resurgence with an increase in cases – Sileri predicts – because this variant is more widespread than the other, but numbers that come from the United Kingdom, where unfortunately this variant has found an important habitat, show that in the same number of cases with for those of the third wave, there is no increase in ICU admissions or in the number of deaths. This means that vaccination, even with the first dose, will certainly not give full coverage as with the second, but we are well defended ” . “I don’t think of waves like the ones we saw in October and January-February. And I don’t even see lockdowns or red zones”, Sileri stressed. But among experts, the concern remains high: “If, as it seems, the Delta variant has an R0 between 8 and 10, politics must take seriously and quickly the mandatory vaccination for everyone or there is a big risk. The virus is no longer what we have known, it has become much more dangerous “, the tweet yesterday evening by Roberto Burioni virologist of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan.



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