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Italy’s Covid reproduction number, hospitalisations spike

According to the institute, this was the first time in more than two and a half months when the RT was higher than 1.

SNS | New Delhi |

Italy’s Covid-19 reproduction number (RT) is on the rise, while hospitalisations have also spiked amid a fresh resurgence, according to government data.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the evaluation was made in conjunction with the most recent monitoring survey conducted by the nation’s National Health Institute (ISS) in the first half of June.

According to their report, the average RT increased from 0.83 reported in the last monitoring report covering the period from May 25 to June 7 to 1.07 between June 1 and 14, which is beyond the pandemic threshold (RT 1).

According to the institute, this was the first time in more than two and a half months when the RT was higher than 1.

If the RT is 1 or above, it means that the virus is spreading and that, on average, one infected person will infect more than one other person.

In contrast to 1.9% and 6.7% on June 16 respectively, the average bed occupancy recorded on June 23 was 2.2% in intensive care units and 7.9% in regular Covid wards.

According to Gianni Rezza, prevention director for the Health Ministry, these occupancy rates were still “far below the critical level” and were not anticipated to place immediate strain on the public health system.

Nine regions in Italy were deemed to be “at high risk” and 12 were deemed to be “at moderate risk” of pandemic growth.

Italian health officials do not intend to increase the minimal limitations that already exist, despite the rising figures.

Over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry has recorded 55,829 new coronavirus infections, along with 51 fatalities.

Over the age of 12, 90.1% of Italians have received all recommended vaccinations.
(with inputs from IANS)