The celebrations for the Inter Scudetto on Sunday afternoon, with crowds poured into the streets and squares of Milan, including the Duomo, continue to be discussed. “There is a bit of concern. It hurts to see Piazza Duomo with 30 thousand fans shouting, celebrating, many without masks. Those people have shown that they do not have a shred of common sense. It means that the risk is still underestimated too much” , says Pierpaolo Sileri, Undersecretary of Health, according to whom “if there were positive, some contagion has certainly occurred – he explains in an interview with the newspaper The print -. How many, we will be able to tell only in two weeks “.
Sileri thinks about the possible infections and the presence of positive people for covid in the square: “We know that the incidence in Lombardy is about 14 cases per 10 thousand inhabitants. If there were 30 thousand people in Piazza Duomo, then 45 of them must have been positive . How many have infected, in turn, it is difficult to say. It depends on their attention to safety measures, such as masks and spacing. Moreover – Sileri observes – in the square there were not only Milanese. There must have been people who came from Varese, Cremona , Pavia and other nearby municipalities. I would therefore speak of possible repercussions on Lombardy, not only on Milan “.
According to the undersecretary, the police checked as much as possible: “The party was not predictable and they managed to keep the celebrations from continuing beyond the curfew time. The alternative was the red zone for one day in all. Milan, but the fans would have made sure to meet in some town near or on the outskirts of the city. And maybe in smaller spaces than those of Piazza Duomo, therefore even more dangerous “.
Yesterday, the prefect of Milan Renato Saccone defended the decision to leave the square open, saying that “closing Piazza Duomo, a large urban space with numerous escape routes, would inevitably have been an occasion for even more dense and risky gatherings, from every point of view” . Virologists and experts, however, warn of the risk of a possible increase in infections in a few weeks. Massimo Andreoni, scientific director of the Italian Society of Infectious and Tropical Diseases (Simit) and head of Infectious Diseases at the Tor Vergata Polyclinic in Rome, said to Agora on Raitre: “That in that gathering there was a further spread of the virus is certain. Hugging, screaming, singing and so on are all valid ways to make the virus explode”. And if it is true that the gatherings were outdoors, “when you are like this in a crowd, embracing, singing and screaming, obviously even outdoors the transmission is almost certain”, argues the expert.
Will there be an increase in cases?
According to Andreoni, we could start to see “an increase in cases in 2-3 weeks and then we realized that the most severe cases we will see in 4-5 weeks and the eventual deaths in 4-6 weeks. This is the time it will take. to understand what really happened “. Andreoni’s alarm joins the one launched yesterday by Franco Locatelli, Fabrizio Pregliasco, Massimo Galli and other experts, who condemned the gatherings of fans in Piazza Duomo in Milan in violation of the anti-covid rules.