Covid, Minister Speranza: “Numbers are growing, a delicate phase to be managed carefully”

Covid, Minister Speranza: “Numbers are growing, a delicate phase to be managed carefully”
Covid, Minister Speranza: “Numbers are growing, a delicate phase to be managed carefully”

The Minister of Health: “The vaccination campaign and compliance with essential rules, masks and washing hands, are still the two pillars on which to try to insist in order to manage an epidemic phase that is not easy”. He added that “no further measures are on the horizon, let’s follow the trend and make assessments”. On Omicron: it is a “significant risk factor: we need to investigate”

We are in a delicate phase of the pandemic, to be managed carefully, but no new measures are on the horizon. The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is a risk factor to be explored. These are the issues that the Minister of Health Roberto Speranza spoke about, speaking in connection with the feast of the Foglio. Later, the minister also spoke about the same issues at “Half an hour more”, hosted by Lucia Annunziata (COVID: LIVE UPDATES – SPECIAL).

Hope: “Delicate phase”

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“The vaccination campaign and compliance with essential rules, masks and hand washing, are still the two pillars on which to try to insist in order to manage an epidemic phase that is not easy,” said Speranza. The numbers of the other European countries – he added – are alarming, ours are better “but the numbers are growing: we are still in a very delicate phase to be managed carefully”. The minister also took stock of vaccines: “The numbers the last few hours are encouraging, on Friday we did 294 thousand third doses and it is the highest figure ever, I am optimistic for significant growth in the next week “. “We are interested in growing even in the first doses – added Speranza -. At 7 am this morning 87.5% of people had the first dose, 85% have completed the cycle. While we take the third dose we need to recover people who have not been vaccinated “. Speranza stressed that at the moment “no further measures are on the horizon, we will follow the trend and we will make assessments”.

Omicron variant is a “significant risk factor”

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Regarding the Omicron variant, discovered in recent days in South Africa and already present in Italy and Europe, Speranza explained that “the international scientific community is working to better understand what its potential impact may be”. “We need time to understand the impact of this variant. There are exchanges of information between the South African Ministry of Health and all other states. Today we are talking about a very limited number of sequencing “but the high number of mutations is a” significant risk factor: we need to investigate. “Precisely to avoid risks, he added, it was decided to stop flights from certain countries : “This new variant is a further challenge for all countries in the world, there is a maximum level of attention, caution is needed and all choices, including those on flights, go in this direction”.

“It’s right to take precautions, but let’s not rush judgments”

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Later the minister spoke on the same issues also on TV. “I think it is too early for final rulings on this mutation. There are elements of concern, but we must not draw conclusions that are not within our reach. We are still in a significant epidemic phase but we were even before this variant arrived. Let’s not rush to conclusions, I am very confident, only 11 months ago we were without vaccines “, he reiterated. And again:” It is right to take precautions, but let’s not rush the judgments “. Then he underlined: “The situation is serious and cannot be underestimated, but it must be weighed with the experts. It is good for the world that a warning network now exists. We will understand how serious the risk is only when we understand the effects on vaccines ”. The minister concluded: “The masks are decisive, they can make a difference together with the other measures. A year ago there were 829 deaths, now fewer than 100 with very limited measures and thanks to vaccines. Our numbers are among the lowest in Europe. I am not surprised that the UK has now raised the bar ”.

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Covid Minister Speranza Numbers growing delicate phase managed carefully

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