The incidence has fallen to 365 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 533 cases per 100,000 inhabitants last week. Rt also fell: from 0.90 to 0.81. This is evidenced by the data in the latest weekly monitoring by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and the Ministry of Health on the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy
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Based on the data that emerged from the usual weekly monitoring carried out by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Iss) and the Ministry of Health, this week the incidence of Covid-19 cases in Italy is still decreasing, as is the transmissibility index. . Particularly nationally, the weekly incidence dropped to 365 cases per 100,000 population (taking into account the period August 5-11), compared to 533 cases per 100,000 population last week (July 29 – August 4). In the period July 20 – August 2, taking into account the mean Rt calculated on symptomatic cases, the value was equal to 0.81 (range 0.78-0.85), a decrease compared to the previous week when it was equal to 0.90. (COVID: LATEST NEWS LIVE – COVID VACCINE: DATA AND IMAGES ON ADMINISTRATIONS IN ITALY, REGION BY REGION)
The situation in hospitals
Another declining figure is that of Covid patients in hospitals. According to the Ministry of Health’s daily survey of August 11, the labor force participation rate in intensive care fell to 3.2%, from 3.6% on August 4. In contrast, the medical sector employment rate nationwide was 13%, compared to 15.2% on August 4, falling below the alert threshold of 15%, after more than a month of record occupancy rates above 15%. Indeed, the figure has not fallen below the threshold since July 7 last year, when it was equal to 13.3%. In contrast, intensive care units remain steadily below the 10% alarm threshold.
Low percentage of cases detected via tracking
The monitoring also reported that the percentage of cases detected through contact tracing is stable at the national level, standing at 44%, just like last week. On the other hand, the percentage of cases diagnosed through screening is slightly lower (43% compared to 44%). The current situation, which is still characterized by “high incidence, does not allow accurate mapping of the contacts of the cases, as evidenced by the low percentage of cases detected through the investigative activity”, emphasized Iss and the Ministry of Public health.