The extension of the state of emergency is a more than plausible scenario. The Minister of Health Speranza also reiterated this yesterday, explaining however that no date or deadline has already been set by the government: “Today we are sixty days, which for an epidemic is too long a period of time”. In short, the decision will not be made before December.
There is still no decision on the extension of the state of emergency. But the government is beginning to consider the hypothesis that the measure could be extended beyond December 31, 2021. Infections are on the rise and Italy is now in the fourth wave, as reported yesterday by the EMA. Cases are on the rise almost everywhere on the continent, and in our country the area of the North East is the main concern, especially Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the region in which the protest of the no green pass dockers broke out. Not only are Covid cases increasing, but also hospitalized patients, both in ordinary and intensive care wards. The latest bulletin records 5,905 new cases and 59 victims, with a positivity rate of 1.1%. Meanwhile, the vaccination campaign continues, albeit at lower rates than in recent weeks, but the target of 90% of the immunized has not yet been reached.
According to the president of the Superior Health Council and coordinator of the Scientific Technical Committee, Franco Locatelli, however, the discussion on prolonging the state of emergency is premature. The professor recalled that in any case a possible extension beyond January 31, “by virtue of the legislation in force today, it provides for legal regulations that must be adopted in a specific manner”. In recent days, Undersecretary for Health Sileri had hypothesized a possible extension for another three months, that is, until 31 March. For Locatelli “There are times to do it a little later, let’s say in December”, he told Sky Tg24 yesterday.
Closely connected with the possible extension of the state of emergency is also the extension of the green pass, which could remain in force even in spring: “I believe that at this moment a suspension is not even considerable both for the numbers that still exist, and also for a climatic condition that certainly does not favor a further reduction in viral circulation. We all know that the cold months of autumn / winter favor respiratory infections “Locatelli said.
The Minister of Health Roberto Speranza asked not to underestimate the WHO alarm, that “he photographed the numbers arriving from the main European countries. I believe he made a right appeal to caution, prudence and above all a call to vaccinations as essential tools to manage this phase which is still an epidemic phase”. For this reason, the minister himself does not rule out the extension of the state of emergency, reiterating however that “The decision will only be made close to the deadline of 31 December and will take into account the contagion curve at that time”.
The minister, who spoke last night at the eighth edition of FarmacistaPiù, explained that in the coming weeks the executive will analyze “the epidemiological picture, the progress of the vaccination campaign, the situation of the variants” to make an assessment based on scientific evidence. In short, it is still too early to set new deadlines: “Today we are at sixty days, which for an epidemic is too long a period of time”. The strategy remains to speed up vaccinations and third doses, especially for frail subjects.