The northern region of Lombardy, the hardest hit in the first wave of the pandemic, reported nearly 5,000 new cases, while Campania in the south, 2,280.
In a video message on Friday, the president of the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, demanded another total isolation while showing the public an x-ray of the lungs of a 37-year-old person. “Without intensive care, he would have died,” he said.
Intensive care hospitalizations in Italy have doubled in the last 12 days, reaching 1,049.
“We are on the verge of tragedy,” De Luca added. “Let’s close completely, we need drastic measures.”
Giuseppe Conte’s government is considering new restrictive measures, which could be announced over the weekend, but on Friday the prime minister ruled out a total quarantine.
More than 100 researchers have signed a petition calling on the government to act quickly. “We are deeply concerned about the current state of the spread of Covid-19. Measures are now needed to protect the economy and jobs.”
There were 91 deaths on Friday, with a total of 37,000 deaths.