the Regions they are pressing on bulletin which records the positives and on the need to review the classification parameters of hospital admissions: they ask to no longer consider asymptomatic patients. The governor of Veneto Luca Zaia he makes it known that they will advance the proposal to the government, but in the meantime it is already arriving stop of the Higher Institute of Health: “The definition of the surveillance cases must contain the positives and not only the cases with more indicative symptoms” otherwise “We will not check the virus”.
Governors instead aim to avoid the orange zone, a band in which restrictions increase especially for no vaxes – they cannot leave the municipality of residence except for work, health and urgency – and in which one enters with the employment of intensive care at 20% and that of the Covid wards at 30%. The risk is real, given that already in the next few hours three regions, Calabria, Piedmont and Sicily, they could change bands. This is confirmed by the map of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Ecdc) in which Italy is all in dark red and the analysis of Gimbe confirms it.
Zaia The ECDC precisely quotes: “The highest European organ for pandemics explains that a sick person is defined as a ‘case’, with acute respiratory disease or flu-like symptoms, or when the swab is positive. What does it mean? That the patient without symptoms, or what with symptoms but is not positive, is not a ‘Covid case’. The Higher Institute of Health, however, does not think so. On the contrary: the asymptomatic must be counted. You can read it clearly in the faqs published on the Institute’s website. Covid “gives one variegated symptomatology and in evolution also due to the appearance of new viral variants that interact in a different way with our organism ”. And that, “makes it very difficult to clinically recognize a symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection in the absence of one laboratory confirmation“. Furthermore, in many cases, especially among the unvaccinated, the infection “proceeds asymptomatically”. Therefore, “not monitoring these cases would limit the ability to identify emerging variables” and “it would not make it possible to monitor the trend of the circulation of the virus”. Not only. In the faq the ISS states that it is not true that the ECDC has changed the definition of the case: “It is the same as in December 2020”.
The huge amount of cases – 1.2 million in 7 days – “encountering too large a susceptible population, is progressively saturating the hospitals. And, consequently, many regions are heading towards the orange zone by the end of the month ”. The control room will meet in the next few hours and only after the technicians have analyzed the numbers the minister of health Roberto Speranza will sign the ordinances. According to the data of Agenas, Calabria, which has the intensive at 20% and the ordinary departments at 38%, the Piedmont, respectively 23% and 33%, and Sicily, which has resuscitations, could already go orange from Monday. at 20% and Covid departments at 33%. But if the trend doesn’t reverse, the next few weeks will see 10 more regions change color: Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Marche, the province of Trento, Tuscany and Veneto have exceeded the 20% threshold in intensive while Liguria, Umbria Lombardy, and Valle d’Aosta they are already over 30% of employment in Covid wards.
Meanwhile, at Palazzo Chigi, work is underway on the Dpcm which will have to define, in view of 20 January, which are the activities and services to which it will be possible access even without the Green pass, as foreseen by the decree of 7 January, those “necessary to ensure the satisfaction of the essential and primary needs of the person” reads the text. It will certainly be possible to shop at the supermarket, go to the pharmacy, to the hospital, to the general practitioner, to the veterinarian. And again, going to report a crime or for urgent needs for the protection of minors, to go to court to testify. The debate in the government on this front, however, is still open: the draft developed by the Ministry of Public Administration could foresee a limited number of exceptions guided by the criterion of urgency but the Ministry of Economic Development would be pushing for a broader list that includes also tobacconists, newsagents, bookstores, toy shops.