Italy worried about spread of UK COVID-strain

Among Italy's total COVID-19 cases, 20% are infected with the UK variant of the coronavirus, the Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) affirmed in a technical report released on Monday. [Shutterstock/3dartistav]

Among Italy’s total COVID-19 cases, 20% are infected with the UK variant of the coronavirus, the Italian Higher Institute of Health (ISS) affirmed in a technical report released on Monday.

The document states that the new variant is widespread in almost all Italian regions, “with percentages that in some areas reach 59% of total cases”.

For this reason, experts have recommended authorities to step in “to contain and slow down the spread of the English variant by strengthening or raising the measures throughout the country, and further modulating them where circulation is highest”.

The report came out after health ministry adviser and former WHO board member, Walter Ricciardi, proposed on Sunday to reinstate a nationwide lockdown as more than 30% of the places in intensive care units (ICUs) went to COVID-19 patients in four of Italy’s regions.

(Daniele Lettig | EURACTIV.it)

 

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