There are 30,310 new Covid infections recorded in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Yesterday there were 30,408. The death toll is 108, down from 136 yesterday. There are currently 893,175 people positive for Covid, 59,403 fewer in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health. A total of 17,178,199 Italians have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic, while deaths have risen to 165,738. Those discharged and healed are 16,119,286, an increase of 90,017 compared to yesterday.. The positivity rate is 12.2%, slightly up from 11.5% yesterday. There are 308 patients admitted to intensive care, 10 less than yesterday in the balance between entry and exit. Daily admission is 28. There are 7,020 hospitalizations in ordinary wards, or 256 fewer than yesterday.
In the last seven days, the decline in infection slowed (-14.8% against the figure of -27.5% in the previous week); intensive care (-5.9%), ordinary hospitalization (-13%) and death (-9.4%) down.
This is from the new monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation for the period May 11-17 on the basis of new cases each week amounted to 244 thousand and an average moving 7 days almost 35 thousand cases per day. In all regions there is also a reduction rate in new cases: from -0.1% in Sardinia to -22.7% in Calabria.
Compared to the previous week, Gimbe points out that in the last seven days the new cases are 243,932 compared to 286,350; 763 against 842 deaths. Currently the positive cases are also decreasing (967,401 against 1,082,972 in the previous week), people in home isolation (959,599 against 1,074,035), hospitalization and symptoms (7,465 against 8,579 against 8,579) and the previous week 3538) and intensive care. . In 4 Provinces there is a rate increase in new cases (Rimini + 0.4%; Biella + 1.7%; Bologna + 3.2%; Nuoro + 32.7%), in 103 a reduction (from -1, 6% in the Cuneo -39.1 % of Vibo Valentia).
Regarding hospital indicators, Marco Mosti, operational director of the Gimbe Foundation, explained that “the number of beds occupied by Covid patients recorded another decline both in intensive care (-5.9%) and in the medical area (-13%)”. . In detail, in the critical area since May 17 there have been 337 occupied beds; in the medical area, on the other hand, after a peak of 10,328 recorded on April 26, Covid’s bed fell to 7,465 on May 17. As of May 17, the national employment rate was 11.6% in the medical area and 3.6% in the critical area. Five regions exceeded the 15% threshold in the medical zone, with Umbria reaching 27.5%, while all regions below the 10% threshold for the critical zone. “The number of daily admissions to intensive care remains stable – En Mosti: the 7-day moving average is 35 compared to 33 in the previous week.”
Deaths are steadily declining: 763 in the last 7 days (of which 38 refer to previous periods), with an average of 109 per day compared to 120 in the previous week. Finally, the total number of buffers decreased (-12.4%): from 1,971,656 in the week of May 4-10 to 1,727,246 in the week of May 11-17. In particular, rapid tests decreased by 13.8% (-209,315), while molecular tests by 7.8% (-35,095). The 7-day moving average positive rate is essentially stable for both molecular buffers (8.2% to 8%) and rapid antigenic agents (16% to 16.1%).
Vaccine: Gimbe, over 80 and fragile push on fourth dose
From mid-February a gradual increase in the mortality rate of the elderly
More than 80 people, the vulnerable and guests of the RSA who received the third dose are not delayed with the second reminder: the booster 120 days after the third dose “. This was stated by Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation, who presented his new weekly report. The international scientific evidence, we read in the text of the weekly independent monitoring, shows that vaccine protection against serious diseases begins to decline after 120 days from the administration of the recall. “In Italy, beginning in mid-February – says Gimbe – there is a gradual increase in the mortality rate in the more than 80s (from 28.8 to 40.1 deaths per 100 thousand people) and, although to a lesser extent, in the range is 60 – 79 years (from 3.4 to 4.9 deaths per 100 thousand people), resulting in a very high absolute number of deaths in the elderly population, especially at over 80 “.
“The decline in the effectiveness of vaccines against serious diseases – explains Cartabellotta – will cause a net increase in mortality in the elderly population, already vaccinated with three doses, while the scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the second is increasingly In this sense, regional inequalities are acceptable on protection and the fourth dose speaks for itself: it is necessary to move around active call strategies, more effective than voluntary booking, and a participation desirable in family physicians “.
Since May 18, according to Gimbe data, only 509,480 fourth doses have been administered compared to an audience of 4.4 million people. The national coverage rate is 11.5% with clear regional differences: from 3.2% in Calabria to 24.7% in Piedmont. If the fourth dose is not released, 8.22 million people have not received the first booster dose since May 18. Also May 18, according to the Gimbe Foundation, 39,483,137 third doses were administered with an average of 7,795 administrations per day in the past week. According to the official hearing (47,703,593 people), updated since May 6, the national coverage rate for the third dose is 82.8% with clear regional differences: from 77.2% in Sicily to 86.8% in Aosta Valley. Of these 3.41 million can get it immediately, equal to 7.1% of the audience with clear regional differences (from 3.8% in Abruzzo to 11.4% in Sicily); 4.81 million cannot receive it immediately as they have been cured for less than 120 days, equal to 10.1% of the audience with clear regional differences (from 6.7% in Valle D’Aosta to 12.8% in Abruzzo).
Gimbe, incidence increased in 4 Provinces, + 32.7% cases in Nuoro
There are only four provinces where the incidence (Covid positive rate) increased: Bologna (+ 3.2%), Rimini (+ 0.4%), Biella (+ 1.7%) and Nuoro (+ 32, 7%). According to the weekly monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation (for the period May 11-17), there are only 17 provinces where the incidence exceeds 500 cases per 100,000 people. These are Chieti (741), Salerno (647), Nuoro (640), Pescara (638), Southern Sardinia (620), Ascoli Piceno (605), Crotone (603), Cagliari (600), Teramo (594), Avellino. (588), Oristano (571), Campobasso (571), Benevento (559), Terni (543), Bologna (537), L’Aquila (531) and Fermo (518). At the regional level, the incidence is decreasing everywhere: the largest decrease in the rate recorded in Calabria (-22.7%), followed by Basilicata and Sicily (both with -21.6%), by Veneto (-21.3%) and Liguria. (-20.7%). On the other hand, the incidence in Sardinia was substantially stable (-0.1%).