27,000 new corona infections and 504 deaths in Italy

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The number of new coronavirus infections in Italy fell on Monday. The number of new infections decreased from 33,979 to 27,354 in 24 hours. There were 504 deaths, 42 less than the day before. This brings the number of deaths since the beginning of the epidemic in Italy on February 20 to 45,773. 152,663 tests were performed within 24 hours, the Ministry of Health announced on Monday. 17 percent turned out positive.

The number of confirmed active cases was 717,784. The number of SARS CoV-2 infected patients in quarantine was 681,756. The number of Covid 19 patients treated in hospitals increased from 32,047 to 32,536 compared to the previous day, the Ministry of Health reported. There were 3,492 patients in intensive care units, 70 more than the previous day.

“The next ten days will be crucial for the development of the corona pandemic in Italy. Until then we will see whether the government’s strategy is working,” said Minister of Health Roberto Speranza. There are already concrete signs that the situation could stabilize.

“We do not want a complete lockdown on the Austrian model; we are continuing with the system of red, orange and yellow regions. Our aim is also to keep the schools open,” explained Deputy Minister of Health Sandra Zampa. In this phase it is important to avoid a complete standstill, which would bring Italy’s economy to a complete standstill before Christmas.

The northern Italian region of Veneto wants to rely on anti-Covid self-tests, which have already been tested on 5,000 people since Monday. The President of the Region Luca Zaia tested himself and showed live via Facebook how the kit works with a tampon that has to be inserted into the nasal cavities and then placed in a vial of reagent. Zaia had to wait one and a half minutes before he could present his negative test result via video conference. After the test phase, the self-tests must be approved by the relevant health authorities and can then be sold in pharmacies.

hp, with reports from kleinezeitung.at. picture: pixabay.com

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