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Omicron variant in Italy: infections double every three days but deaths drop

The pace of the pandemic with the supercontagious variant omicron as the protagonist led this Thursday to 126,888 infected in Italy. The dead of the day were 156, mourning a year-end in which the optimism that the country lived less than a month ago has disappeared, replaced by a growing uncertainty.

The total of deaths since the pandemic began in February 2020 rose to 137,247 victims in Italy, the highest of the 27 countries of the European Union.

From the early hours of the afternoon, news was leaked from the data produced in the twenty Italian regions, which confirm another difficult day due to the large number of infections, offset by the much fewer seriously ill and dead with respect to December of last year, when the daily deaths did not drop below 500-600 people with much less infected than today.

This comforting reality is due in the first place to the massive vaccination that has reached 85.76% of the population over twelve years of age and to the conviction that at least so far the omicron variant is confirmed less lethal than Delta or the others than the preceded.

Case record

The final data confirmed unprecedented records in the main regions. In Lombardy (Milan) the infections reached 39,152, in Piedmont (Turin) 11,515, in Campania (Naples) 11,492. In Rome, the largest metropolitan area in the country, there were 2,872 infected, thanks to the very high level of vaccinations of the population.

The 126,888 this Thursday across the country were preceded by an impressive crescendo. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the outbreak of the fourth wave of the coronavirus raised the figures to more than 78 thousand and more than 98 thousand.

Chinstraps on a street in Rome, while coronavirus infections multiply. Photo: AP

The figures give a precise idea of ​​the multiplying capacity of contagions caused by the increasingly dominant presence of omicron.

On Wednesday, the Undersecretary of Health, Paolo Sileri, said that “we must expect that hundreds of thousands of people will be infected in the coming weeks.”

The government announced measures to try to contain the surge virósica pushed by omicron and straighten the problems that this avalanche of infections creates.

The Council of Ministers approved urgent actions to bring order to the lack of control caused by isolation measures the contagion and what they have maintained with them “close contacts.”

Isolations and rows for testing

Some two and a half million Italians comply with isolation, while a true army of 650 thousand active infected are treated at their homes. The problem is avoid an excessive increase in pressure on the hospital system.

The director of the Gime Foundation, Nino Carabellota, explained that in the Christmas week infections grew by 80%. Patients in the medical area grew by 20.4% and the most serious Covid-19 patients by 13%.

The line in front of a coronavirus testing center in Rome, this Thursday.  Photo: AP

The line in front of a coronavirus testing center in Rome, this Thursday. Photo: AP

This Thursday’s calculations were based on more than a million tests.

How the disorder in the realization of the tests forms endless lines outside pharmacies and other places where tests are done To know if there was contagion or not and if those who were infected are negative or not after quarantine, it was established that those who have received the third booster dose of vaccinations are exempted from undergoing quarantine and also those who have been vaccinated of the first two doses less than four months ago.

Campaign against anti-vaccines

With the clear intention of continuing to corner those who refuse to be vaccinated, who are about six million, it was established that those who have been infected do a ten-day quarantine and that in the end they undergo control tests.

The campaign against non-vacs was intensified with the creation of a Super Health Pass that prevented vaccine-reluctants from using public transportation, from subways and trams to long-distance trains and airplanes.

The don’t vac they were already excluded from bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, performance halls and sports stadiums. But they could consume in the bars if they didn’t sit at the tables. It was arranged that from now on they will only be able to buy their victuals and take them with them.

The issue prolonged the meetings prior to the ministerial cabinet, due to the discrepancies between the parties. The rightists opposed the extension of the new Health Pass to all public and private workers.

But Prime Minister Mario Draghi succeeded in imposing the ban on public transport to anti-vaccines, who will now have to reach their places of work by car or on foot.

The Italian government rushes the third dose of the vaccine to face the omicron variant.  Photo: EFE

The Italian government rushes the third dose of the vaccine to face the omicron variant. Photo: EFE

Mandatory vaccination?

The most extreme measure, which is in the air, is still missing: the mandatory vaccination of all inhabitants.

Another important measure is the mandatory nature of the FFP2 chinstrap, with filtering capacity, much safer than the so-called surgical masks that are the most used.

The government has decided to mobilize to obtain special prices for the FFP masks, which are the safest elements after the vaccine and the personal will to avoid human contact, along with hand washing, to avoid contagion.

Rome, correspondent

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