The technical scientific committee that advises the Italian government has proposed reducing the quarantine for the coronavirus from 14 to 10 days and only one negative test, and not two as before, to be able to leave isolation, while new measures such as limit the number of people in private meetings and the closing times of the premises.
In addition, the new protocol that will have to be adopted by the Ministry of Health provides that asymptomatic patients who do not test negative, after 21 days the quarantine will be terminated.
After the ten days of quarantine, which replace the current 14, the you will only have to do one test and if the result is positive, the person will have to perform another seven days of isolation, at the end of which they will undergo a test again.
In case of testing positive again, you must remain in quarantine for four more days and then perform a final molecular test. The Scientific Technical Committee is based on studies that state that after twenty days the viral load is so low that the subject can no longer transmit it.
This new measure and the next ones that the Government is studying to limit the infections that have soared in the last month will have to be approved in a new decree scheduled mid-week.
The Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, already announced that limits will be placed on private meetings and also on the closing hours of the premises.
The media also advance that ban matches of any sport between friends.
For now, the Government has lengthened the state of emergency until January 31 in order to continue to face the pandemic with urgent decrees and has imposed the obligation to wear the mask at all times, also outdoors.
“75% of infections are in family gatherings”
“75% of infections occur in family relationships. He lets his guard down and takes off his mask“Speranza said justifying the new measures.
Speranza assured that there will be no national confinement, but indicated that “the new anti-COVID regulations that will approved are nationally and that the regions will have the possibility to act only on more restrictive rules. “
The minister also confirmed that in the next few days family doctors will be able to perform the tests and that five million tests are arriving for this purpose.
The latest data on infections in Italy there were 5,456 new cases with 104,658 tests performed.
The total number of infections is 354,950 as of February 21 when the emergency began in the country and the number of deaths was 36,166.
Although the case figures are the same as those registered in April, in full confinement, the data in hospitals are reassuring for the moment, since 4,519 people admitted and 420 are in intensive care units, a far cry from the 5,000 who had to be cared for in ICUs then.