The first COVID-19 wave in Italy was very hard.
As a result we could see over 250,000 infected people, about 6,000 cases per day in March. In Italy, there are more than 34,500 deaths. It was the first country with such big numbers in the world.
In recent months, safety measures and strict self-isolation have helped Italy to stabilize a low rate of infected people to 300-400 cases per day. And what happened in Italy today?
According to Italy’s current events, the country is now really at a crossroads and is facing a serious threat of a second wave of coronavirus.
The Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) reports about new coronavirus cases in different regions. The Lazio region has exceeded the rate at the first coronavirus epicenter in Italy – Lombardy region.
In the capital itself, the health organization has recorded two outbreaks. These locations include an illegally populated building on the outskirts and one of the city’s hospitals.
In addition to local outbreaks, the total number of coronavirus cases has also increased. However, the First and Second Waves of Coronavirus in Italy are very different.
The number of actually infected people steadily decreased from April to the end of May. Practically all summer it kept at a stable level of 300-400 infected per day.
In August, over the past three weeks, the number of infected has begun to grow rapidly. Italian current events show that during this time the number has increased by 7000, which is more than 50%. At the same time, the number of deaths hasn’t increased. This is the difference between the first and the second wave. Doctors explain this as a change in the average age of the infected – now they are, in most cases, young people and middle-aged people.
The main part of the infected is young vacationers returning from touristic countries – Spain, Greece or coastal resorts of Malta. Many also return from France, where the situation is now also extremely unstable.
The government believes that the easing of quarantine, as well as the resumption of tourist flow, are the main reasons for the second wave of coronavirus. That is why the government immediately took measures to prevent the worsening of the situation with coronavirus in Italy. Travelers from the mentioned countries are required to undergo a virus test.
New COVID-19 records
European countries got a new record in the number of Coronavirus and rhinovirus infected people.
In Italy, we can see the first anti-record of COVID-19 and also Bronchitis cases since May 2. On September 4, the mark reached 1,733 new patients. At the same time, an anti-record was also registered in France – 3776 new cases of COVID-19.
The Spanish Ministry of Health also reported 3,715 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Over the past day, Ukraine has also reported an anti-record – 3584 new cases.
Such anti-record marks per day are the first since these countries left the strict isolation period.
New measures of the isolation period
The Italian government immediately responded to the new outbreak of the coronavirus. Because most of the infections are observed in foreign visitors. Thus Italy sends to do a test everyone who returns from vacation and business trips from other countries.
All applicable restrictions will remain in effect. These include:
- the requirement for all people to use masks in public transport and public places;
- avoid the crowds;
- follow the required distance and personal hygiene standards.
Italy’s strict isolation period – one of the longest in the world – has helped to calm the initial major outbreak down. Over the past few months, the number of infected ones has steadily decreased even after the isolation was removed. Due to its quick response, the second wave can also minimize the number of infections and deaths.