Italy adds 22,000 new cases on the eve of the confinement of Holy Week

Italy adds 22,000 new cases on the eve of the confinement of Holy Week

 Italy registered 21,932 coronavirus infections and 481 deaths in the last twenty-four hours, the Ministry of Health reported today on the eve of national confinement for the Easter holidays, when you can only leave home for justified reasons and non-essential stores will be closed.

The 21,932 new infected are 1,717 less compared to the previous day, when 23,649 were registered, although the number of tests carried out was also lower: 331,154 compared to the 356,085 tests on Thursday.

The number of deaths also decreases slightly and goes from 501 yesterday to 481, which brings to 110,328 people who have lost their lives in Italy due to the coronavirus since February 2020, out of a total of 3,629,000 infections detected.

Hospital pressure remains stable. Of the 565,295 current positives, 32,408 are admitted, 222 less sick than on Thursday, and of them, 3,704 also require intensive care (+23).

The SE epidemic is slowing down very slowly in Italy and there are still twelve regions with intensive care bed occupancy above the 30% safety threshold.

Meanwhile, the vaccination campaign is progressing, and Italy has so far administered a total of 10,591,038 doses and 3,318,983 people have received the full vaccination schedule with the two necessary doses.

Although currently eleven regions and the autonomous province of Trento are in a “red zone”, from tomorrow until Monday, all of Italy will apply this soft confinement again with non-essential shops closed to avoid contagion during the Easter holidays.

According to data released today by the Ministry of Health, the Rt contagion index has dropped for the first time in weeks and has reached 0.98, as has the incidence, of 232 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on average.

Currently, and ignoring the special limitations of Holy Week, the “red zone” is decreed to those regions where the incidence is greater than 250 cases.

Therefore, Valle d’Aosta, Piedmont, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Apulia, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Tuscany, Calabria and Campania are expected to remain in the “red zone” as of Tuesday, while the Marches, Veneto and the Autonomous Province Trento will relax their restrictions and move to the “orange” area, according to sources from the Ministry of Health.

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