Italy white zone, Sicily in extremis should avoid the yellow zone and the more restrictive covid rules that in the event of ‘relegation’ would start from 23 August. The monitoring of the ISS and the control room today outline the picture of the country struggling with the delta variant and coronavirus infections. Italy archives a day of 7,260 new infections, with another 55 deaths registered and a total of 128,634 victims since the beginning of the emergency. 206,531 swabs were performed, with a positivity rate rising to 3.5% (Wednesday it was 3.1%). There are 3,627 people admitted to hospital with symptoms (3,559 the day before), with an increase of 68 people compared to August 18, while 460 people are hospitalized in intensive care (+18), with 40 admissions in the last 24 hours. 4,204,869 are cured (+5,465) and 130,502 are currently positive (+1,720).
SICILY BETWEEN WHITE AREA AND YELLOW AREA
Spotlight on Sicily, hovering awaiting the verdict and holder of the sad record of the day with 1,377 infections out of 16,265 tampons tried. According to ministerial sources, the island, even if for a few decimals, would still have the numbers to remain ‘white’. A different result than that produced by the data of the Agency for Regional Health Services (Agenas) updated at 18.24 yesterday, 19 August. Sicily, in fact, according to the bulletin has reached 11% after having been stable on the ‘roof’ of 10% in the last two days. As for Covid admissions in non-critical areas, the region remains steady at 17%, thus exceeding the maximum threshold established at 15% for color change by 2 percentage points.
SARDINIA, THE DATA
Special attention was also paid to Sardinia which, with a further slight increase, increased the occupancy of intensive care units to 10% by Covid-19 patients, thus reaching the maximum threshold set by the new parameters for the transition to the yellow zone. . In the previous two days, the region had been stable at 9% after hovering between 10 and 11% for nearly two weeks. As for Covid admissions in non-critical areas, Sardinia rose to 11%, after two days to 10%, remaining however below the threshold established at 15% for color changes.
VACCINE, THIRD DOSE ON SIGHT?
As the vaccination campaign progresses, the debate on whether to administer a third dose develops, in the wake of what some countries have decided. “The third dose of the anti-Covid vaccine will have to be done. We should start in October, starting with the most fragile people, those in whom a lower immune response is expected after the vaccine, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy, people who have undergone a transplant, “Undersecretary of Health Pierpaolo Sileri told Adnkronos Salute. “Other countries are proceeding in this direction, such as the United Kingdom and the US. We are waiting for a response from the regulatory bodies, but the scientific evidence indicates that a third recall will need to be made in some categories”, he concluded.
BASSETTI: “VACCINE MANDATORY FOR OVER 40”
“We have reached a point where the further step must be the obligation of vaccination for the over 40”, is the opinion of Professor Matteo Bassetti, director of the infectious disease clinic of the San Martino hospital in Genoa. “A serious state must do it – he told Adnkronos – because it must ask itself if we, who have one of the best health services in the world, can afford after October to return to having intensive care units full of unvaccinated people who have deliberately decided not to get immunized by spending 50-60 thousand euros of hospitalization for each of these when a vaccine costs 15 euros “.