Andrea Crisanti is considered the most prestigious virologist in Italy. Its success is due to veneto model, with which he managed to control the spread of the coronavirus through targeted swab tests. Now, has warned that if containment measures are not taken, contagions could be triggered again: “We have to anticipate, otherwise there is a price to pay.”
During an interview on Today, the expert warned of the danger posed by outbreaks of the Brazilian or South African variant if there are not enough restrictions. In that case, in your opinion a strict confinement should be returned, something that has been requested for some areas from Italy where the Brazilian strain already circulates.
Crisanti regretted that The big mistake was not decreeing a severe isolation at Christmas: “If we had, we wouldn’t be here talking about the variants. We would not have the variants at home. Now it’s complicated. “
“The cases of Portugal, Israel, England we have been shown that the English variant, if left free, is capable of raising the numbers to 50,000 or 60,000 cases in 2-3 weeks “. In that sense, he pointed out that in the summer also “the opportunity to put an end to the explosion of cases and follow the path of countries like New Zealand or South Korea. “
Most of Italy is in the so-called ‘yellow zone’, which contemplates fewer restrictions, but includes curfew at 10:00 p.m. and bars and restaurants close at 6:00 p.m. In the ‘orange zone’, a medium level of restriction, with bars, restaurants and museums closed, there are Abruzzo, Umbria, Liguria, Tuscany and the Autonomous Province of Bolzano. No region in the country is currently in ‘red zone’, which contemplates the strictest level of measures.
Given the advance of the different variants of the pathogen in the country, various virologists and experts have expressed concern. Therefore, they have asked the Government to apply tougher measures with the aim of reducing social contacts between citizens.