Rome Italian If you turn on the news in Italy right now, you may be forgiven for what you thought you were getting Starting again from March. Images of COVID-only units, field hospitals, depleted medics and coffins once again dominate the headlines, with Italy gripped by the deadly second wave of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the death toll rose to 125 in 24 hours, and since May the country has been in a severe lockdown, a precursor to what is to come.
Of particular concern is the return of COVID to Italy. All that experts advise like Anthony Fucci is that the country has done it. Face masks have been mandatory in public places for months, social distance is strictly enforced, nightclubs have never reopened, and sports areas are below one-third of capacity. Children returning to school are regularly tested and strictly socially isolated, yet it seems that the second wave cannot be completely prevented.
While rejecting another full lockdown, Italian health officials are urging people to limit their own moves, by keeping them in their homes, where they are inadvertently encouraging private parties, which at the moment seem to be the worst. The Italian Ministry of Health said this week that 80.3 percent of new infections occur “at home.” Only 4.2 percent are from recreational activities and schools.
On Wednesday, 15,199 new infections were reported in Italy, three times more than the worst Pandemic day last March and the equivalent of 90,000 new cases a day in the US. Still arrived.
It’s getting worse. “Some metropolitan areas, such as Milan, Naples and Rome, already have no control over the presence of pandemics,” said Walter Ricciardi, an epidemiologist who advises the Italian government and holds the same position in Italy as Fauci does in the US. Their number is much higher with conventional detection and testing. As previous infectious diseases have taught us, you need to mitigate when you can’t contain it, that is, you need to stop moving. ”
The increase in cases is related to Italy’s aggressive testing program, which has paved the way for easier and faster diagnostics in addition to government – run drive-in facilities at all airports and private clinics. Private technicians make calls for $ 75 each to inspect homes’ privacy, which has led to more cases. On Wednesday, about 180,000 tests were reported, a record 24 hours long.
But despite all efforts to prevent the spread, authorities are still concerned that it will not be possible. Government experts argue that the rate of epidemics among school children is not a trigger; But young people who feel confident that they will not get sick and will be forced to come together spiritually. Major cities such as Milan, Rome and Naples now have an evening curfew that seeks to prevent young people from gathering socially, which is likely to cause an outbreak. Richiardi said most of the infections that occur in multigeneration homes come from young people.
Italy are by no means alone in their fight against the European second wave of the Pandemic. France, Spain, and the Czech Republic all broke records in new cases and introduced measures to mitigate the spread. There are also a record number of new infections a day in the United Kingdom, and Ireland was completely shut down.
Germany – which avoided major problems during the first European wave – reported shocking new infections, topping 10,000 a day on Wednesday. Authorities blamed the youths for leaving or for meeting in private. Lothar Wyler, president of the Centers for Disease Control, told the DW Network that going to work is not a problem. “We don’t see a lot of explosions in the workplace or on public transportation, but it goes hand in hand with privacy, parties, services and weddings,” he said. “We should not have too many of these events.”
On Wednesday, the very anxious Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addressed the Italian Senate, assuring them that a complete lockdown would not happen again, which would wreak havoc on the economy and destroy the tourism sector. While urging ordinary citizens to limit unnecessary travel, he has now retired from imposing restrictions on movement. “We can’t use the same strategy to fight the second wave as we did in the spring,” he said. “Now we are in another situation that was in March – we had no way to diagnose it then, now thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of everyone.
But for many, the sacrifices that helped in the first round seem to be lost now, and they are in vain.
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