Brusaferro: “Pandemic expanding, still 6.5 million over 12 without dose”

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Silvio Brusaferro during the News Update press conference on COVID 19 on November 19, 2021 at the Ministero della Salute in Rome, Italy (Photo by Gloria Imbrogno/LiveMedia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The pandemic is still advancing in Italy, the Omicron variant still not. This in a nutshell is the message delivered by the president of the Higher Institute of Health Silvio Brusaferro at a hearing in the Senate, underlining that the transmissibility index Rt is “around 1.2, which indicates that we are still in a situation of growth in circulation”.

“We are still in an epidemic situation. The data updated last night show that it is still increasing in terms of the number of newly infected, with an incidence of 173 cases per 100,000 people ”between 29 November and 6 December. And it is “a trend in circulation that affects some groups more than others, showing a strong correspondence with the unvaccinated population”. As for the occupation of beds, “we have a growth that increases by about one percentage point per week at the national level” and “continues to grow even in intensive care”.

Brusaferro underlined that “the population over 12 still sees 6 million and 570 thousand people who have not started any vaccination cycle, many are of working age between 30 and 60 years. Excluding children under 30, the lowest coverage is in the 30-49 age group, which is also the one characterized by the greatest circulation. The positive fact is that the administration of the third dose is increasing significantly in the ultra-80s. We arrived at 57% based on last night’s data ”. Thanks to the data on vaccinations, “the pandemic we are experiencing now is significantly different from last year in these same weeks, intensive hospitalizations and deaths are far lower than what we censored last year. This is in a situation where the restriction measures we have are very different. Last year, in this period, we found ourselves with many regions of Italy in the red and orange zone, which among other things had very different levels of restrictions than the current ones “.

High attention is paid to the Omicron variant, but “currently in Italy there are 11
Omicron variant sequences, others are suspect, and affect more regions ”, namely Calabria, Campania, Sardinia, Veneto and the autonomous province of Bolzano. “They concern cases of people who had passed through South Africa or their close contacts,” explained the president of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

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