Finally, important ones can be seen signs of improvement regarding the Covid situation in Italy. L’epidemic slows down, after difficult months. The circulation of the English variant, in Italy around 90% of diffusion, and the presence of other variants that could make vaccines less effective, even if little is known to date, requires to continue to maintain caution and graduality in the management of the epidemic.
The new Covid data in Italy
However, according to theultimo report Iss which photographs the data relating to the period 19-25 April 2021, there is still a decrease inweekly incidence, which comes down to 146 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, up from 157 last week.
Even as the vaccination campaign progresses faster and faster, with Commissioner Figliuolo who is now aiming for a million administrations daily, after the peak reached of 500 thousand, overall the incidence remains high and still far from levels that would allow the containment of new cases, equal to 50 per 100 thousand inhabitants.
They also go down indice Rt, which, although unreliable because it is always very late, continues to be used as a parameter by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and the Ministry of Health: in the period 7-20 April 2021 the average Rt calculated on symptomatic cases was equal to 0,85.
Even the risk improves: no high-risk regions, 11 with moderate risk, of which none with a high probability of progression to high risk in the next few weeks. 10 have a low risk classification, of which only 1 at high risk of moderate risk progression.
The number of Regions that have an employment rate in intensive care or medical areas above the critical threshold also falls, but remains high: 8 Regions against 12 in the previous week.
Due to the time elapsing between exposure to the virus and the development of symptoms and between these and the diagnosis and subsequent notification, it is likely that many of the cases notified this week have contracted the infection in the first ten days of April.
The new map: the colors of the Regions from Monday 3 May
On the basis of these data, the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza signed new ordinances effective from Monday 3 May.
The first places Valle d’Aosta in the red zone and the second brings Sardinia into the orange zone, which after being the first – and only – Region to earn the white zone is sensationally relegated to red in just three weeks.
From 3 May, therefore, the new color map of Italy is this:
- yellow zone: Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardy, Marche, Molise, Piedmont, Autonomous Province of Bolzano, Autonomous Province of Trento, Tuscany, Umbria and Veneto
- orange zone: Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia
- red zone: Valle d’Aosta.
Vaccini, Figliuolo’s new plan
But Italy is finally starting to accelerate on vaccines. “The next step will be on the productive classes. The vaccines will come, May will be a transitional month. After we think of summer “, said the extraordinary commissioner of the Coronavirus emergency during the inauguration of the vaccination hub in Porta di Roma, reiterating that” we must follow the plan in an orderly and coherent manner and therefore let’s focus on the over 65s “.
Serve press on over 60 classes, for which the average national administration is still low, he explains. And when the over 65s are safe, it will be open to all age groups.
To give a notable boost to vaccinations will be the doses arriving in May and June: approx 17 million this month and 30 the next, although there are to consider those intended for the recall of those who have already taken the first dose.
Vaccines at school
The commissioner also anticipated that he is thinking about it possible vaccinations in schools, “As it was once done in the 70s”. The goal is to always inoculate 90% of doses, this is the development of the plan.
And today, Monday, May 3, many students are returning to school due to the increase in yellow areas in Italy and high schools that have the responsibility of independently organizing activities in the presence of 70% to 100% of their students. As reported by tuttoscuola.com, the number of students in attendance for all orders is between 7.7 and 8.5 million, ie between 90% and almost 100% of all Italian students.