Larger red area to stop the infection in Italy and stem the variants of the coronavirus. The more than 20,000 new positive cases recorded yesterday trigger the further alarm, while the figure of 100,000 deaths in the pandemic approaches. The measures and restrictions provided by the new Dpcm of 6 March, the first of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, may not be enough to bend the curve of the epidemic. The prospect of a further tightening becomes more concrete, in the wake of the indications that the CTS had provided before the launch of the Dpcm: the red zone, for the experts, it should be triggered automatically where 250 cases of Covid occur per 100 thousand inhabitants. According to the Dpcm, the declaration of a red zone in high-incidence areas depends on the governors. For technicians, the closure of the school in areas where the virus is particularly widespread must be combined with more restrictive measures in general.
The spotlights are lit in particular on the English variant, destined to push other regions into the red zone, where Campania, Molise and Basilicata have already landed. A redder Italy is in the forecasts of the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza. “Based on the data – he says half an hour longer – I expect that in the coming weeks the impact of this variant will increase the curve, I expect regions that can go towards the red zone. I expect that the ordinances may still be of a restrictive nature. “March risks becoming a particularly complex period, pending the definitive take-off of the vaccination campaign.” This month is complicated, we have to say how things stand. The variants of the virus have produced a new phase of acceleration of the epidemic. According to an ISS report, the English variant is able to spread faster, between 35 and 40%, compared to the original strain. At least 54% of the cases found in Italy are related to this variant“, he adds. A crackdown is also needed to avoid an increase in victims:” With an increase in infections, the curve of severe cases will also tend to rise. “And, consequently, deaths as well.” We must adopt very strict measures. . In Italy today we have an enormous differentiation between territories, day by day we monitor the curve and verify the most appropriate measures “, he reiterates.
Later, the message from Luigi Di Maio also arrives, indicating the path suggested by the Cts. “In the last 24 hours in Italy we have registered over 20 thousand new cases, with a positivity rate rising to 7.6%. The number of people admitted to intensive care is increasing again and we are mourning a total of almost 100,000 victims. With these numbers, stricter measures are needed, as the Technical Scientific Committee is also asking “, says the Foreign Minister.
To summarize the picture in the evening, Professor Franco Locatelli, president of the Higher Health Council (Css). “There is a resurgence of the contagion, the numbers and various indicators tell us this clearly,” he told Che tempo che fa. “In this phase in which there is still such an important contagion curve, I believe that we must all give priority to what is a responsibility in individual behavior and in maintaining distance. It is clear – he adds – that the problem is not only limited to the health emergency but to the economic and social crisis that must not be forgotten. However, the priority remains health“.
The road seems to have been traced: “The Rt index has reached 1.06, in 6 regions it is higher than 1. The situation in the country is heterogeneous, Sardinia is even a white zone. There is an increase in admissions to intensive care, with 9 regions over the critical threshold of 30% “.