There are 3,816 cases of positivity to Covid registered in the regional bulletin today, Sunday 2 January, with the provinces of Treviso, Venice and Verona counting over 800 cases each (Venice 972). There are 1,466 hospitalizations in Veneto hospitals currently, with 200 people in intensive care and another 11 people deceased.
In relation to the latest regulations issued by the national government, the Prevention Directorate of the Veneto Region sent a circular to the Ulss to summarize the quarantine and isolation measures following the spread of the Omicron variant. Close contacts (high-risk): people who have not been vaccinated or who have not completed the primary vaccination course (e.g. have received only the first dose of the two planned) or who have completed the primary course for less than 14 days: remains unaffected the current measure of the planned quarantine lasting 10 days from the last exposure to the case, at the end of which a molecular or unsanitary test with a negative result must be found.
People who have completed the primary vaccination cycle for more than 120 days and who still have the validity of the green pass, if asymptomatic, the quarantine lasts for 5 days, provided that at the end of the period a molecular or unsanitary test is performed with a result negative. Asymptomatic people who: – have received the booster dose or – have completed the primary vaccination course in the previous 120 days or have recovered from Covid infection in the previous 120 days: quarantine does not apply but imperative self-surveillance must be observed which ends at fifth day, with the obligation to wear Ffp2 devices for at least 10 days from the last exposure to the case. A rapid or molecular anti-hygiene test is provided for the detection of Covid at the first appearance of symptoms. For infected people who have received the booster dose or have completed the vaccination course for at least 120 days, isolation can be reduced from 10 to 7 days as long as they have always been asymptomatic or have been asymptomatic for at least 3 days and on the condition that at the end during the period, a molecular or unsanitary test was performed with a negative result.
We read in the introduction in the circular of the Ministry of Health that: “The first data on the effectiveness of vaccines against the Omicron variant suggest that the same would be able to reduce the effectiveness of vaccines against infection, transmission and symptomatic disease, especially in those who have completed the cycle of the two doses for more than 120 days. However, the third dose would restore the efficacy of vaccines to levels comparable to those against the Delta variant, giving good protection against serious disease. For this reason it is advisable to promote the administration of the third dose and to differentiate the measures for the duration and the end of the quarantine ».