Some regions are at risk to go back into restrictions, for now all of Italy has been in the low-risk ‘white’ zone – the least restrictive of the country’s four tiers or zones: white, yellow, orange and red. On Monday July 26th some cities risk going back to yellow zone restrictions as the Delta variant case rises “primarily hitting young people,” according to Gianni Rezza, director general at the ministry of health. The Delta variant is not slowing down and cases keep rising in different regions and risk going back into ‘yellow’ or ‘orange’ zones.
There have been 2,072 new cases of COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24 hours, health ministry said Monday July 19. The positivity rate is up from 1.9% to 2.3%.
Regions automatically move from the white to the slightly more restrictive yellow zone if they record more than 50 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants in a seven-day period for three weeks in a row.
Cities at risk are Sardegna (33,2), Sicily (31,8), Veneto (26,7), Lazio (24),and Campania (21,7). The ‘R’ value was up to 0.91 from 0.66 last week, while the incidence was up to 19 cases per 1,000 inhabitants, from 11 last week. Italy’s average nationwide incidence rate is now 19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, ISS data shows, with significant variation between regions.
However ISS president Silvio Brusaferro said that, for the moment, “the impact of the illness on hospital admissions remains minimal.”
The Minister of Health Roberto Speranza declared that hospitalizations will weigh on the change of colors for each region. The new parameters will be included in the law decree that is coming soon.