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AMP.- Coronavirus.- Italy registers almost 15,000 more infections while the regions propose to tighten restrictions

MADRID, 20 (EUROPA PRESS)

Italy has registered 14,931 infections this Saturday, a little below the more than 15,000 the day before, while the regional governors hold a meeting at the end of which they could request the declaration of the “medium risk” alert throughout the country to contain the spread of the new, more contagious variants of coronavirus.

The country, however, continues for the moment to drop in daily deaths, with 251 deaths compared to 348 on Friday, as well as the rate of positives, which again remains below 5 percent (4.87 percent ).

In terms of total figures, 95,486 people have already died from the disease in the country, which adds up to 2,795,796 total infections since the start of the pandemic. The current positives are now 384,623, about two thousand more than the 382,448 registered yesterday.

Meanwhile, the regional governors of Italy meet this afternoon to discuss what the director of the Italian Public Health Institute, Silvio Brusaferro, has defined as a “worsening scenario” in the spread of the coronavirus throughout the country given the appearance of multiple contagious variants.

According to the newspaper ‘Corriere della Sera’, they are expected to present a document, which will be sent to the Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, and the Minister of Regional Affairs, Maria Stella Gelmini, to put all Italian regions under the same medium risk.

The national declaration of the so-called orange alert, according to the sources of the newspaper, would help contain the virus and provide clear safety guidelines to citizens.

On the other hand, the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, has paid tribute to the health personnel who fight the coronavirus on the front line on the first anniversary of the arrival of COVID-19 in Italy with the discovery of patient zero in the town of Codogno, in the north of the country.

Mattarella has expressed “the deepest gratitude of the country to all those who have been, and still are, with professionalism and dedication at the forefront in the fight of the pandemic emergency that, little more than a year after its appearance, still it afflicts us. “

Throughout this year, health personnel “have proven to be up to the threat (…) to prevent the epidemic from plunging into irreversible catastrophe.” “It has been a commitment marked by difficulties and suffering: many workers have contracted the virus and many have been the victims that we have had to cry among doctors and nurses. This day should be dedicated especially to them,” he stressed.

For Mattarella, “our national health system, despite many difficulties, faces an unprecedented test and shows more than ever that it is a heritage that must be preserved to protect the entire community.”