The differences between the white and yellow zones and the regions at risk

Italy will remain white for at least another week. Even a possible passage of the band (Friuli Venezia Giulia is the region most at risk), however, would not represent a return of the restrictions at all, at least as we have known them during the second wave. With the rules in force today, there are differences between the white and yellow zones, but not as clear-cut as in the past.

Basically, in the yellow areas, the obligation to wear an outdoor mask and the limit of 4 people at the restaurant table returns. Furthermore, the capacity of cinemas, theaters and concerts is reduced to 50%. In the yellow zone, the permitted capacity cannot exceed 50% of the maximum authorized and the maximum number of spectators cannot in any case exceed 2,500 for outdoor shows and 1,000 for indoor shows. For sporting events: the permitted capacity cannot exceed 25% of the maximum authorized and, in any case, the maximum number of spectators cannot exceed 2,500 for outdoor facilities and 1,000 indoors. Even the school would remain in attendance at 100% and there is no limit to travel or a lockout of bars, restaurants and commercial activities. The hardest measures are triggered only with the transition in red and orange.

Yellow, red and orange zone: the parameters for the band change

Speranza recently stressed that the rules on color zones should remain those currently in force. Any passages in the range will therefore be established on the basis of the parameters that we list below. We pass into the yellow zone when the incidence is greater than 50 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, the employment of intensive care is over 10% and that of the medical areas 15%.

The orange zone triggers with an incidence of over 150 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and if at the same time the threshold of intensive care exceeds 20% with ordinary wards at 30%. To enter the red zone, on the other hand, the incidence of 150 cases per 100,000 inhabitants must be combined with an occupancy rate of more than 40% in the medical area and 30% in intensive care.

The regions that risk the yellow zone

According to the latest data, the region that most of all risks changing color (but not immediately) is Friuli Venezia Giulia, which has an incidence of about 150 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and where intensive care is employed at 11 %. The still limited percentage of ordinary hospitalizations, however, puts them in safety, at least for now, from the yellow zone. The autonomous province of Bolzano, on the other hand, risks only with regard to ordinary hospitalizations (14%). Eyes also focused on the Marche where employment in intensive care is 9% (but in the ordinary wards it is 7%). In any case, none of these regions comes close to the threshold that would decree the transition to orange (and would trigger the most severe restrictions). In short, if it cannot be excluded that some regions end up in yellow (a circumstance that in the case of Friuli Venezia Giulia seems indeed probable), the danger of closures and lockdowns has for now been averted. But we have a long winter ahead of us.

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No region in the yellow zone

At the moment, no Italian region should pass into the yellow zone, according to what is learned. The data from the latest monitoring of the control room on the trend of Covid-19 give Friuli Venezia Giulia a high probability of progression towards a high risk, Calabria the only low-risk region and all the other regions and autonomous provinces are classified as moderate risk.

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