According to Silvio Brusaferro, president of the Italian Supreme Institute of Public Health (ISS) and government advisor coronavirus, the peak of the epidemic in Italy has not yet been reached. “The curve of infection shows that the spread of the epidemic in Lombardy is still increasing,” Brusaferro said in an interview with Radio Anch’io on Wednesday.
“We have to follow the trends and not be under any illusions. We’re still completely in the fight. It should be clear to everyone that the behaviour of the individual affects the people around us, especially the weaker part of our society. We have to win the battle together,” Brusaferro said. “Every precaution taken is designed to stop the chain of infection. If we don’t, the health system will be under great stress,” the expert said.
Italy has the highest number of Covid confirmed 19 deaths after China. The number of coronavirus deaths in Italy is rising rapidly, despite strict quarantine measures: in Italy, 631 deaths were reported on Tuesday, 168 more than the day before, civil protection announced Tuesday evening. The number of infected rose to 8,514, up from 7,985 a day earlier.
Despite increasing infection numbers, Lombardy was a success. In the Lombardy village of Codogno, no new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded for the first time on Tuesday. The first case of infection was reported here on February 21. “We are very pleased with this result. We have under two weeks of quarantine responsibly and now we see the results we hoped for. If we follow the rules of the government, we will have overcome this crisis within a few weeks,” said the mayor of Codogno, Francesco Passerini, according to media reports.
“Patient 0”, the first Italian infected with the coronavirus, was discharged from the intensive care unit of the hospital in the Lombardy city of Pavia on Monday after 18 days and breathes independently. He was hospitalized with his wife, who was eight months pregnant, who has since recovered.
A friend with whom the “Patient 0” known only by the first name Mattia played football, several regulars of a restaurant belonging to the family of the friend, as well as doctors and patients of the hospital of Codogno had infected him. It is still unclear who introduced the virus. The entire municipality of Codogno, like other nine municipalities in the province of Lombardy, had to be quarantined, which was only lifted on Sunday. In the meantime, the whole of Italy has been declared a restricted area.
Meanwhile, scientists noted that the coronavirus epidemic in Italy is not directly related to China. According to a study by the Italian Supreme Institute of Health (ISS), the first patients infected in Codogno had no contact with China. A mystery remains how the coronavirus developed in Lombardy and Veneto.
Meanwhile, an Italian parliamentarian tested positive for the first time. This is Claudio Pedrazzini, a parliamentarian from Lodi province. The parliamentarians, who, like Pedrazzini, belong to the mixed group, were called upon to undergo checks. “I’m fine, I just have a little fever,” said the MP, who is now in quarantine, according to media reports. In Italy, it has been shown that several politicians are infected. In addition to the president of the Piedmont region, Alberto Cirio, and the head of the army, General Salvatore Farina, the leader of the Social Democrats, Nicola Zingaretti, who co-ruled Rome, is among them.