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Italy registers 37 thousand cases and 700 deaths from COVID-19; experts ask for extreme caution

The total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic in February is one million 345 thousand 767, and the deaths are 48 thousand 569, according to the Ministry of Health in Italy

Italy registry 37,242 new infections from coronavirus Y 699 dead the last 24 hours, figures in the line of the last days and that indicate that the curve of the pandemic is flattening, but experts warned that caution should be exercised because the virus circulates throughout the country.

With these figures, the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic in February is one million 345 thousand 767, and the deaths are 48 thousand 569, according to the Ministry of Health.

In recent days, the number of cases has begun to flatten and this indicates a slowdown in incidence, “said the president of the Higher Institute of Health, Silvio Brusaferro, at a press conference.

But he warned that “the epidemic affects the entire country” and the cumulative incidence in 14 days is 732 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. ” “The epidemic remains at critical levels,” he stressed.

There are 33,957 people hospitalized throughout the country, and 3,748 are in intensive care.

Several experts who advise the government pointed out that although the Rt transmission index has decreased, compared to the previous week, “victory should not be claimed because it is still above 1 and this means that cases continue to grow, although more slowly ”Said Brusaferro.

The president of Superior Council of Health (CSS), Franco LocatelliHe pointed out that the differentiated measures adopted by regions “are being effective” but added: “I am very clear that these indicators of improvement and slowdown of the curve should be an invitation to be even more rigorous. We must lower the Rt below 1. Let’s avoid repeating the mistakes of last summer, ”he said in reference to the reopening after the spring lockdown.

For Gianni rezza, General Director of Prevention of the Ministry of Health, “the intensive care occupancy rates are not positive and this situation can also last a long time.”

According to the weekly monitoring report of the Higher Institute of Health (ISS) and the Ministry of Health, the rate Rt of Italy of transmission of COVID-19 It fell from 1.4 to 1.18 among symptomatic cases.

Most Italian regions now have an average rate of between 1 and 1.25 and it has even dropped to less than 1 in some regions, such as straight, whose capital is Rome.

The report added that as of Nov. 17, 18 regions had exceeded the critical threshold for hospital admissions and intensive care beds.

Lombardy, with almost 10,000 new cases today, remains the worst hit region, followed by Campania, Piedmont Y Veneto.

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