ROME. New coronavirus infections in Italy are 927, just 24 minus yesterday’s, with the positivity rate for the third consecutive day nailed to 0.5%. Deaths from 30 fall to 10, while 16 fewer hospitalized in intensive care with 12 new accesses while in the medical wards another 113 beds are freed up.
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Cases in Lombardy rose from 131 to 155, while cases in Piedmont fell from 51 to 36, where the positivity rate dropped by one decimal to 0.7%. In Veneto cases decreased from 49 to 35. Infections in Emilia Romagna rose from 55 to 72 while those in Lazio remained stable at 97. In Tuscany cases increased from 50 to 73, while the positivity rate from 0.73 rises to 1%. Infections in Puglia went from 63 to 42, where the positivity rate also dropped from 0.9 to 0.6%.
Infections in Campania are stable at 112, just 2 more than yesterday, where the positivity rate also gains one decimal place, which is positioned at 4%.
From the week of May 5-11 to today “the number of people tested for Sars-Cov-2 has progressively reduced by 52.7%, passing from 662,549 to 313,122” and with “significant and unjustified regional differences”. This was revealed by the new independent monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation, which sees the risk of an “underestimation of new cases” of Sars-Cov-2 infection.
The data is still falling overall. In particular, in the week 16-22 June 2021 the following data are recorded: -36.5% cases of coronavirus (7,262 compared to 11,440), -46.2% deaths (221 compared to 411), -31.3% of hospitalizations with symptoms (2,289 compared to 3,333) and -28.2% of Covid intensive care (362 compared to 504). Furthermore, from the peak of 6 April to today, the beds occupied in the medical area by Covid patients have dropped from 29,337 to 2,289 (-92.2%) and those in intensive care from 3,743 to 362 (-90.3%). In addition, deaths have also been steadily decreasing for 10 weeks, with an average of 32 per day in the last week compared to 59 in the previous week. Positive data but which should not lead to a decrease in testing. «For 14 consecutive weeks – declares Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation – there has been a decline in new weekly cases. If the constant reduction of the positive / tested cases ratio confirms a reduced circulation of the virus, the progressive decrease of the testing activity underestimates the number of new cases and documents the insufficient tracing of contacts, crucial in this phase of the pandemic ».
The European Union that emerges from the Covid contagion maps updated today by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ecdc) is a European Union almost entirely green. Only Andalusia is in red, which indicates a high risk of contagion (although it is not dark red). In Italy only Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily are in yellow. The Netherlands and almost all of Sweden have the same color after months.
The Delta variant alarm silences Sergio Abrignani, immunologist of the State University of Milan and member of the Cts. «With the Pfizer vaccine – he affirms – there is good protection from the Delta variant, both in terms of infection and in terms of disease development and death. Vaccines work ». “In the United Kingdom, where the population has been immunized with AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines and cases are increasing for the Delta variant – he explains – there are still few deaths and people hospitalized in intensive care. Those who die are not vaccinated ». It would seem, concludes Abrignani, “that we are ‘domesticating’ the virus as happened with the flu one. In fact, with each flu season, even with millions of cases in the world, we have a few thousand deaths a year. Probably, it is my hope, we will arrive at this also with SarsCov2 ».
On the variants of the SarsCov2 coronavirus “it is important to know not only the spread, but also the effects”, says Giorgio Palu ‘, virologist and president of the Italian drug agency (Aifa). “Tomorrow I believe the outcome of the most recent investigation conducted by the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) on the circulation of the Delta variant in Italy will be known – he specifies – but it is also good to investigate other aspects of this issue”. And that is, if the variant, in addition to being more contagious and becoming dominant, continues, “it causes more hospitalizations, if those who get sick have been vaccinated or not and with what type of vaccine, if they have received 1 or 2 doses of vaccine, if Delta variant causes disease in a more or less severe form and in what percentage of infected subjects causes hospitalization in the medical area and in intensive care ». It is therefore necessary to study not only the genome and the rate of circulation of the virus, concludes Palu ‘, “but what effects it produces in adequate experimental models, in organoids and human tissues to better understand the pathogenesis of the infection and prevent the evolution of SarsCoV2 “.
“We do 360 complete sequences a week and we have the pulse of the delta variant, at the moment we have 82 infected, of which only two are in the hospital. 10% of these had already had a dose of the vaccine, but only a couple of days before the infection ». This is the picture of the Delta variant in Campania outlined by Antonio Limone, general director of the Zooprophylactic Institute which deals with the hunt for new variants together with Tigem and Cotugno. Meanwhile, the Delta variant alarm in Torre del Greco (Naples). According to the data provided by ASL Napoli 3 Sud and relating to the last 24 hours, another 27 Covid-19 positive citizens were registered in the Vesuvian city, in addition to the 44 reported in recent days. Commenting on the new numbers is the health director of the health care company Gaetano D’Onofrio: “From the data in our possession, one of the infected subjects was forced to hospitalization, 24 are paucisymptomatic and placed in a home regime and one is totally asymptomatic” .