The government would announce new measures in the coming days in the face of the second wave out of control. They fear another collapse in hospitals.
The epidemic decidedly entered a new acute phase in Italy. This Saturday, 10,925 were infected with coronavirus throughout Italy and 47 patients who died.
It took him two weeks in October to go from less than a thousand infected every 24 hours to more than ten thousand, with the prospect of reaching 15,000 daily infected in a few days, as announced by the most listened to scientist, the virologist from the University of Padua Andrea Crisanti.
The second wave is until now much less deadly than the first, which in just over two months caused more than 30 thousand deaths (currently reaching 36,447), due to the rapid spread of Covid-19. The plague coming from China has increased its contagion capacity at a speed that took the defense mechanisms of the health system and the national government by surprise.
Hopes of winning the battle against the coronavirus collapsed After the same Professor Crisanti, who was the one who succeeded in his Veneto region to disseminate the methods of controls with molecular swabs that allow tracing the traces of infections, said that “it has collapsed” with the impetus of the exponential growth of pandemic, the national control system.
In Italy more than five thousand outbreaks are active throughout the peninsula. While in the first wave, which began at the end of February and almost died out in June, the relentless punishment of the coronavirus took its toll on the rich northern regions, especially Lombardy, the second wave has spread rapidly to the 21 autonomous regions and provinces. contagions.
In the southern regions of Italy the regional public health systems are much more fragile than in the center-north. Although Lombardy continues to exhibit the worst statistics of the epidemic, the situation in Campania is very worrying, whose capital is Naples with its large urban area, which is second in absolute numbers and which on Friday registered 1,127 infected.
Its president, Vincenzo de Luca, opened the fire of controversy by ordering the closing of schools until the end of the month to take momentum from Covid-19. De Luca also ordered the nightly curfew of bars and restaurants.
On the government side, the measure to close the schools, reopened nationwide on September 14, was described as a “very serious and counterproductive measure.”
The national government, which this weekend will decide new restrictions throughout the territory Italian, assured that it is not in his plans to close the schools.
As the number of patients admitted to hospitals grows, especially in intensive care, Campania is at the center of concerns because the saturation of beds in hospitals is feared.
In Naples and the Campania provinces there is an additional very dangerous problem: the growing shortage of doctors, nurses and paramedical personnel, which weakens care in intensive care units, where the most seriously ill end up who need to be cared for by teams led by resuscitation specialists .
The regions ask for help, but the government responded in a seven-hour meeting with critical claims. The commissioner for the pandemic of the Ministry of Health, Domenico Arcuri, and the minister of Regional Affairs, Francisco Bocha, asked for explanations.
“We want to know where the 1600 respirators that we assigned to them have gone, which allow transforming sub-intensive posts into intensive care,” said Arcuri.
“We have another 1,500 respirators, but we won’t ship them until we know it was from the other 1,600.” Arcuri pointed to the case of Campania, which received 231 of these therapy devices and 167 sub-intensive. “Now there should be a total of 566, but it’s only 433. Why?” He asked.
Suspicions and controversies are also the order of the day. The government of Rome maintains that 14,000 million euros were sent to inflate resources to the regions. The most delicate area is that of intensive therapies. In the first wave of the epidemic, it was here that the most dramatic moments were experienced because the special beds where patients were intubated were not enough to face the devastating double pneumonia caused by the coronavirus.
Many times rescuers were presented with the dilemma of two patients to give them oxygen and a single bed to occupy. There was no choice but to save the one with the best chance. “There were 5179 intensive care beds at the beginning of the pandemic and we activated up to 9463 positions. Now they are 6628 in operation ”.