Bassetti on Festa Italia: ‘There will be no peak of Covid cases’

Bassetti on Festa Italia: ‘There will be no peak of Covid cases’
Bassetti on Festa Italia: ‘There will be no peak of Covid cases’

«Enough with the controversy over the celebrations for Italy’s victory at the European Championships. They could have been safely organized with the Green pass, but I don’t think there will be a peak of cases. There is already an increase in infections due to other factors. But today we have to look at other indicators, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions ”, underlines to Adnkronos Salute Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino Polyclinic in Genoa. «Even if there will be an increase in cases linked to the post-final carousels of the National team – Bassetti specifies – we shouldn’t worry. And then let’s stop giving it to the Italians because they celebrated. In my opinion doing it in Rome was a good sign of a return to normality ».

But after the party in the square, someone expects the consequences. “People do what they are allowed and allowed. If there is damage from the point of view of infections we will see it in the next few days », Andrea Crisanti, the microbiologist of the University of Padua, told LaPresse. Despite the vaccination coverage, according to Crisanti the risks are now concrete: “England is very covered by vaccines and they have 30 thousand infections a day”.

«In a few days we will understand, it is a virus that has an incubation time ranging from 4 to 8 days. So if in 4-5 days we will observe peaks in the cities where there have been risky behaviors. We are afraid but we hope it is like in other celebrations, I think of Naples for the Coppa Italia or Milan for the Scudetto where there were similar celebrations but there was not what we feared. Even if then there was not the Delta variant but the Alpha, less contagious », underlined Sergio Abrignani, immunologist of the State University of Milan, member of the technical scientific committee for the Covid emergency, guest of ‘Agorà’ on Rai Tre.

The gatherings – without masks – recorded throughout the country therefore raise concern for Covid. “It is inevitable that there will be a resurgence of infections”, warned the Undersecretary of Health, Pierpaolo Sileri. In Rome, the images of the crowd for the National team welcomed by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella and by Prime Minister Mario Draghi have sparked controversy. The bus carrying the players struggled to make its way between Quirinale and Palazzo Chigi with people crowded around taking pictures and cheering on the European champions. The long lockdown fueled the desire for a party of the compatriots, which exploded after midnight with the penalty saved by Donnarumma.

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