Brusaferro: “Decrease in cases among vaccinated categories” – Speaking at the press conference to present the outcome of the monitoring, the president of the ISS Silvio Brusaferro confirmed that “in the last period the epidemic curve has started to decrease”, but it is a “very slow degrowth“. The expert warns that the Rt index has fallen below the alarm threshold but only slightly, while the incidence of cases per 100 thousand inhabitants is still far from the alert level (set at 50 per 100 thousand). The mutations of Covid, which run even among the smallest ones, favor the infections: “As for the Uk and Brazilian variant we have seen many outbreaks even among younger children and teenagers, and there are Umbrian data which show very high incidences ”, clarified the Director of Prevention of the Ministry of Health Gianni Rezza at a press conference. “School-age children can account for 25% of the total transmission according to some studies”. However, good news comes from the vaccine front: “The average age of those who contract the infection is stable and is around 40-50 years, but the number of new cases between health workers remains low, confirming the effectiveness of vaccinations ”, adds Brusaferro. “There is also one decrease in cases among the over-80s, always attributable to vaccinations “.
Variants and tracking – In the weekly monitoring, i technicians of the ISS and the Ministry of Health then underline that the incidence, albeit in decrease, “anyway remains elevated and still far from the levels (50 per 100 thousand inhabitants) that would allow the complete restoration of the entire national territorycase identification he was born in tracking of their contacts ”, reads a note from the Higher Institute of Health. In addition, the incidence and transmissibility data, “albeit slightly decreasing, combined with the heavy overload of hospital services require maintaining strict national mitigation measures accompanied by punctual interventions in the most widespread areas “. In monitoring, the experts therefore reiterate that, “in light of the now widespread diffusion of some variants”, it is necessary “to maintain the drastic reduction of physical interactions”. However, there is a positive trend: the number of new cases is in fact decreasing not associated to transmission chains, while the percentage of cases detected through the activity of tracking of contacts is slightly increasing (34,4%).
The increase in hospitalized – To worry is the pressure on the health system: the number of people hospitalized in intensive care is still up from 3,546 (23/03/2021) to 3.716 (30/03/2021). The employment rate in medical areas nationwide has also grown and remains above the critical threshold (44%) with an increase in the number of people hospitalized in these areas: from 28,428 (23/03/2021) to 29.231 (30/03/2021). The number of Regions who have an employment rate in intensive care and / or medical areas above the critical threshold (14 against 12 of the previous week), highlights the control room Iss.
6 High-risk regions – Overall, the dossier still reads, the epidemic risk remains high in six Regions (Calabria, Emilia-Romagna, Liguria, Puglia, Tuscany and Veneto) which have a high risk level. Thirteen Regions / Autonomous Provinces have a classification of moderate risk (including seven high-risk progression likely to high-risk in the coming weeks) and one Region (Basilicata) and an Autonomous Province (Bolzano) have a low risk classification. Looking at the Rt index, the highest value is recorded in Valle d’Aosta with 1.52, followed by Calabria and Campania tied with 1.33. The regions with the lowest data are Abruzzo, Umbria, Emilia Romagna and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano, all with values around 0.8.
The new colors of the Regions – The monitoring establishes the colors in force in the individual Regions starting from Tuesday 6 April, after the three days of the national red zone for the Easter holidays. “We hope for a change of color”, said the governor of Veneto Luca Zaia, then confirming the exit from the red zone of his region after an interview with Minister Speranza. He also hoped there Campania, which instead will remain in the red zone together with Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, Puglia, Tuscany, and Valle d’Aosta. They turn orange Marche, Veneto and the province of Trento, joining Abruzzo, Basilicata, Lazio, Liguria, Molise, Sicily, Sardinia, Umbria and the Province of Bolzano.
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