In Italy, as of July 20, the prevalence of the Delta variant was 94.8%, a sharp increase compared to the survey of June 22, with values oscillating between and individual regions between 80% and 100%. This was revealed by the latest rapid survey on ISS variants. In the previous survey, the delta variant accounted for only 22.7% of cases. On the other hand, the cases of the alpha variant (called “English”) fell to 3.2%, which on 9 July were 57.8%.
The eight regions with 100% delta variant
There are eight regions in which the delta variant represents 100% of cases (Basilicata, Liguria, South Tyrol, Molise, Tuscany, Sardinia, Umbria e Val d’Aosta). In Veneto we are at 97.2, in Piedmont al 96,4, in Lombardy 95.3%, in Lazio al 94,7%, in Emilia Romagna al 92,9, in Campania to 92.8%. Below 90% only Puglia (80%), Abruzzo 85.7% and Calabria 83,3 percent.
THE PRESENCE OF THE DELTA VARIANT IN ITALY
Very low growth Beta variant, more resistant to vaccines
In Italy, moreover, “the increase in the Beta (B.1.351)” or ‘South African’ variant of Sars-CoV-2 should be noted, albeit extremely limited, “more characterized by partial immuno-evasion” and therefore by the danger to ‘pierce’ the vaccines. “While the prevalence of the Gamma variant (P.1)” or ‘Brazilian’ “has drastically decreased throughout the country”. It is one of the other elements highlighted in the latest rapid survey conducted by the Higher Institute of Health and the Ministry of Health, together with the Regions and the Bruno Kessler Foundation.
Brusaferro: tracking and sequencing are needed
«The circulation of the Delta variant is increasing in Italy and is now prevalent. This variant is leading to an increase in cases in other countries with high vaccination coverage, therefore it is advisable to carry out an extensive tracking and sequencing of cases “. This is what we read in the draft of the Iss-Ministry of Health weekly monitoring on the trend of Covid-19 in Italy.
“Against Delta complete vaccination”
«Even against Delta, the first and most important antidote is to complete the vaccination cycle. Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of infection, hospitalization and death and this applies to all age groups and all vaccines. Hence the importance of completing the vaccination cycle, because the complete cycle is extremely effective in also reducing the chances of contracting the infection ». This was highlighted by the president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Silvio Brusaferro, during the press conference on Covid-19 monitoring data.