In just one week, reported infections in Italy doubled and deaths tripled. Thus, Italy has come to report 83 deaths and 8,804 cases in the last 24 hours – a record increase since the beginning of the pandemic. The most affected region is again Lombardy, and in Milan the Sacco and Fatebenefratelli Hospitals have decided to accept only Covid-19 patients in emergencies.
The Campania region is no better either. As a result, schools were closed until the end of the month. Two weeks ago, the government reintroduced the mandatory wearing of a mask and imposed severe fines of between 400 and 1,000 euros. At the same time, the number of tests increased, with almost 163,000 being performed on the last day. People also stay in the drive-in points for 8-10 hours to test at Sars-Cov-2. Each region has dozens of locations for testing, but the queues are getting longer. In Tuscany, family doctors have been authorized to perform a traditional test for patients to detect the new coronavirus. The measure would be extended to the whole country, according to RFI.ro.
There are currently almost 100,000 confirmed positive cases in Italy. 6,000 people are hospitalized with symptoms, while 586 are in intensive care.
The Government’s plan aims to increase the number of places available for intensive care to 10,500. Domenico Arcuri, Covid crisis commissioner, explains:
“Currently, we have stabilized intensive care with 7,000 places and 15,000 places in intensive care. We have launched a plan to consolidate the so-called Covid hospital networks, a plan that will bring another 3,500 places for intensive care and another 4,200 places for intensive care “, Arcuri added.
However, the situation is getting worse by the day. Andrea Crisanti, director of the Department of Molecular Medicine at the University of Padua, told the public television station Rainews 24 that a national lockdown would be needed during the Christmas holidays to block the spread of coronavirus and increase contact identification efficiency.
Asked how he sees the evolution of the pandemic in Italy until December, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that he does not make predictions for Christmas, but: national communities “, the head of the Government from Rome specified. Statements that prompted Italian newspapers to headline that the prime minister does not rule out a lockdown.
While the authorities urge the population to abide by the anti-Covid-19 rules, citizens face overcrowded means of transport where any distance is difficult to maintain. In this regard, the authorities want to encourage work from home.
In the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Italy – a country where more than 36,000 people have died from Sars-Cov2 infection – is trying to resist as much as possible in the face of the second wave. For the time being, it is a priority to establish red zones, where appropriate. While the government insists on teaching in attendance and excludes the closure of schools, but leaves it free for governors to take restrictive measures depending on the rate of infection, bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and stadiums remain open in the presence of 200 people inside and maximum 1,000 outside, while parties are prohibited. At the same time, the recommendation of the authorities is to wear a mask in your own home when you are a guest.