Italy has added another 35,000 infections in the last day more for coronavirus, almost 10,000 more than the day before, at a time when the Government does not rule out the possibility of a new confinement if the measures taken last week and the previous ones to stop the second wave do not take effect. In addition, the country has registered the worst figure in terms of fatalities since mid-April, with 580 deaths.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, in the last 24 hours there have been 35,098 new cases and 580 deaths, a figure much higher than the 25,271 infections and 356 deaths on Monday. During the last day, almost 217,800 tests, 70,000 more than the day before, which would explain the increase in infections.
With this, the total count of the pandemic is 995,463 positives and 42,330 fatalities. So far, 363,023 people have overcome COVID-19, with another 17,734 who have been discharged in the last day, while there are still 590,110 active cases.
Of them, more than 28,600 are hospitalized patients with symptoms, almost 1,000 more compared to Monday, and 2,971 are in the ICU, another 122 more. Only the Lombardy region, the most affected by the pandemic, has registered almost 11,000 new positives.
Thus, the Deputy Minister of Health, Pierpaolo Sileri, has not ruled out a nationwide lockdown for November 15. “Everything depends on the evolution of the virus in response to the latest measures,” he stressed in statements to Rainews24, referring to both the restrictions imposed last week, including the night curfew, and the mandatory use of a mask in the air free.
The deputy minister has trusted that the epidemiological curve flattens but “if not, broader measures will be needed and no later than November 15 or 20”. “If there is a rapid deterioration, then it is understood that action should be taken,” insisted Sileri, who nevertheless made it clear that “that is not what is happening.”
For his part, the president of the Higher Institute of Health (ISS), Silvio Brusaferro, indicated this Tuesday that the reproduction index of the coronavirus, the so-called Rt, has begun to “grow more slowly.” At the national level, he specified, it stands at 1.7, that is, each infected person transmits the virus to almost two others. However, for the situation to be considered controlled, he recalled, it should be below 1.
“All regions are above 1 and in some cases bordering on 2”, Brusaferro stressed. “The situation is becoming more complex, health services are increasingly being subjected to a severe test and in some situations the threshold of 30-40 percent of beds has been exceeded,” he acknowledged, according to the Adnkronos agency .
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