Italy recorded 258 deaths associated with Covid-19 and 7,351 new contagions in the last 24 hours, at a time when calls for experts for a new total confinement in the country arise due to the English variant.
The total number of deaths recorded in Italian territory since the beginning of the pandemic crisis on February 21, now stands at 93,835, according to the Italian Ministry of Health newsletter.
With the counting of the new contagions, Italy totals, to date, 2,729,223 cases of people who became infected with the new coronavirus.
There are 398,098 positive cases of Covid-19 that are currently active in Italy, 4,685 less compared to the previous day, according to the same source.
With regard to recoveries, the country recorded a total of 2,237,290, an increase of 11,771 recoveries over the previous day.
Of the positive cases currently active in Italy (the vast majority are patients who are in their homes with mild symptoms of the disease or are asymptomatic), 20,604 are people who are hospitalized, 70 more compared to Sunday data.
Among hospitalized Covid-19 patients, 2,089 are patients in intensive care units (ICU), four more compared to the previous day.
The country continues with the vaccination campaign and a total of 1,281,999 people have already been inoculated with the two recommended doses of the vaccine against Covid-19.
Globally, almost three million doses of vaccine (2,989,748) have so far been administered in the country.
It is in this context that some Italian experts, including the advisor to the Ministry of Health on issues related to the pandemic, Walter Ricciardi, today asked the new Italian Government led by economist Mário Draghi to impose a new total confinement in the country, at least a month, to try to stop the spread and incidence in the country of the so-called English variant of SARS-Cov-2 (first detected in September 2020 in south-east England).
For the expert, this decision would also have to be accompanied by a strengthening of the tracking and vaccination systems.
The eventual new confinement should last for “the time necessary to reduce the incidence” of the English variant (identified as more contagious and potentially more deadly), according to Walter Ricciardi, adding: “It may be two, three, four weeks, it will depend when the goal is achieved ”.
Currently, most regions of the country are “painted” in yellow, that is, they are identified as areas of low risk of contagion, which allows for less restrictive measures.
No Italian region is currently identified as a “red zone” (the highest level of risk of contagion and as such an area that must comply with a containment) and only seven are complying with intermediate restrictions (orange zone).
The Covid-19 disease pandemic caused at least 2,400,543 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 108.7 million cases of infection, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) detected in December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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