On the 1st of April at 6 pm, the Protezione Civile released the following information:
- The number of people with coronavirus in Italy today is: 80572 (+2937)
- Hospitalized with symptoms: 28403
- In ICU: 4035
- In isolation at home: 48134 (60% of the total of positives)
- Recovered since the beginning of the emergency: 16847 (+1118)
- Deaths since the beginning of the emergency: 13205 (+747)
- A document issued by the Government gives freedom to parents to bring their children outdoors once a day, for a short walk within 200 meters of home. The choice has caused a plethora of complaints, also from the Presidents of the Regions Lombardia and Campania. Giulio Gallera, Lombardia’s councilor for Welfare declared: “The situation is improving, because we’ve had less positive cases in the past two days, but it isn’t the moment to let our guard down. We need to stay home. We need to keep children home.” Of the same opinion is the general secretary of the Italian Federations of General Practitioners (Fimmg), Paola Pedrini, who said that “allowing to walk children is extremely risky, because if we are witnessing a decrease in cases, it’s because strict regulations are working. Letting go at such an early stage could be very dangerous.” The president of Lombardia, Attilio Fontana stressed that his own ordinance, which forbids any type of outdoor activity, will be the one to be followed in the region.
- All restrictive measures currently applied in the country are to be maintained until the 13th of April. Minister for Health Roberto Speranza underlined that the path towards the end of the emergency is still very long and very difficult.
- The European Medications Agency (EMA) stated that they have been evaluating a dozen of potential vaccines against Covid-19. Among them, two have already began the first trial phase, which requires experimentation on healthy subjects. It is, however, difficult to predict when they will be ready. On the basis of the information available and of previous experiences, it is estimated that at least one year will be required to approve, produce and distribute a vaccine.
- Lazio Region’s councilor for health Alessio D’Amato reveled that Rome’s infectious diseases hospital Spallanzani, which is at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus in Italy has been the victim of a hacker’s attack, which was thankfully blocked on time.
- Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio notified that more than 30 million masks have arrived to Italy, 22 million of them from China.
Coronavirus in Northern Italy: the news no one wanted to hear hit us all hard on Friday, the 21st of February.
The Lombardia cluster developed in the province of Lodi and is the largest of the two. This is were the 38 year old man from Codogno, “Mattia,” who spread the virus around the area because of his very active social and professional life, comes from. Veneto, the region where the first Italian — and European — victim of Covid-19 was from, is second.
Mystery around the “patient zero”
Lombardia cluster’s “patient one,” was believed to have contracted Covid-19 from a friend who had just returned from China and with whom he had socialized frequently in the previous weeks. However, tests carried out on the 28 year old manager showed that he never had coronavirus, leaving medical experts baffled. As of today, we do not know how coronavirus arrived in Northern Italy, although it is evident that “patient one” is the connection among all cases in Lombardia, Piemonte and Trentino Alto-Adige.
Coronavirus in Italy: were mistakes made?
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in China, medical experts from all over the country were extremely vocal about the necessity to quarantine everyone arriving from China, in order to keep the country free from contagion.
Roberto Burioni, professor of Microbiology and Virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, was one of the most adamant about the necessity of isolating people coming from China since the news of the Chinese outbreak first surfaced.
Presidents of Lombardia, Attilio Fontana, and president of Veneto, Luca Zaia, shared the opinion of Italy’s healthcare practitioners and were the first, in the late days of January, to suggest the introduction of compulsory quarantine for all people returning to Italy from China.
Both of them, along with professor Burioni, were accused by representatives of left wings parties in Italy of speaking like “fascio-leghisti,” modern day Italian fascists.
The Government’s answer to what had appeared to be, since the beginning, a health emergency of immense proportions, was that of stopping direct flights from mainland China (disregarding the fact many would fly through other countries) and “advising” but not imposing any quarantine.
The result of this lack of insight is, today, in plain view.