“Delta variant circulation on the rise”

The circulation of the Delta variant is increasing and the incidence of Covid cases in Italy is back. This is what is underlined in the draft of the ISS-Ministry of Health report.

RISK REGIONS – “The general picture of the transmission of Sars-CoV-2 infection returns to worsen in the country with almost all the Regions and Autonomous Provinces classified at moderate epidemic risk” the experts remark in the draft of the report with the monitoring data for the week 5-11 July. “There are 19 regions and autonomous provinces classified at moderate risk and two (Trento and Valle D’Aosta) at low risk”.

“The impact of the Covid-19 disease on hospital services – say the experts – remains minimal with employment rates in the medical and intensive care area still slightly decreasing”. “The transmissibility on symptomatic cases alone increases compared to the previous week, although below the epidemic threshold, an expression – they explain – of an increase in viral circulation mainly in young and more frequently asymptomatic subjects”.

“No Region or Autonomous Province exceeds the critical occupancy threshold for ICU or medical area beds. The ICU occupancy rate is 2%, with a decrease in the number of hospitalized people from 187 (as of July 6) to 157 (as of July 13). The employment rate in medical areas at national level remains at 2%. The number of people hospitalized in these areas goes from 1,271 (July 6) to 1,128 (July 13) “reads the draft of the report.

DELTA VARIANT – “The circulation of the Delta variant is also increasing in Italy. This variant is leading to an increase in cases in other countries with high vaccination coverage, therefore it is advisable to carry out an extensive tracking and sequencing of cases” underline the experts.

“It is a priority to achieve high vaccination coverage and the completion of vaccination cycles in all eligible people – they warn – with particular regard to people at risk of serious illness, as well as to reduce viral circulation and the possible resurgence of symptomatic cases supported by variants on the basis of ECDC data and forecasts, the presence of outbreaks caused by the Delta viral variant in Italy and the current vaccination coverage, it is advisable to maintain high attention, as well as apply and comply with the measures necessary to avoid a increased viral circulation “.

INCREASE ALMOST – “The number of new cases not associated with transmission chains increases (2,408 against 1,539 the previous week) – it is also highlighted – The percentage of cases detected through contact tracing activity drops further (31% against 32.6% last week). The percentage of cases detected through the appearance of symptoms increases (46.2% against 40.3%). Finally, 22.8% were diagnosed through screening activities “.

WEEKLY INCIDENCE – “The weekly incidence on a national level increases (14 per 100,000 inhabitants (5-11 July) against 9 per 100,000 inhabitants (28 June – 4 July) Issue data. The incidence is still below the value of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants every 7 days throughout the territory “reads the draft.” The vaccination campaign continues and the incidence is currently at a level that could allow the containment of new cases “, the experts specify.


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