Covid-19: All of Italy’s regions now ‘low risk’, health ministry says

Covid-19: All of Italy's regions now 'low risk', health ministry says
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All regions and autonomous provinces will be in the lower-risk 'yellow' zone from Monday, the health minister said, as Italy's coronavirus situation continues to improve.

All indicators show that Italy’s health data has continued to improve, according to the latest weekly health monitoring report released by the health ministry and Higher Health Institute (ISS) on Friday.

Italy’s national average Rt reproduction number and the incidence rate have both fallen again, the figures showed.

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“With today’s monitoring report and consequent ordinances, all of Italy will be in the yellow zone,” from Monday, Minister of Health Roberto Speranza wrote in a Facebook post on Friday.

This means Valle d’Aosta, the one region still under orange zone restrictions, will be allowed to join the rest of the country in easing many rules from next week.

Meanwhile, six Italian regions will be low-restriction ‘white’ zones from early June.

The data analysed in the latest health report is from the week starting April 26th – when many restrictions were first dropped in some regions.

The Italian government has said it would wait for this week’s report to see if this initial easing of measures had affected the numbers, before it finalises some of the details for easing remaining estrictions in the coming weeks and months after the prime minister’s office confirmed on Monday that some reopenings would be pushed forward.

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Friday’s report said the incidence had fallen to 66 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 96 last week.

The Rt number, or reproduction rate, has also continued to fall, dropping to 0.78 from 0.86 last week.

It said all of Italy’s regions and autonomous provinces can now be considered low risk, with Rt numbers below 1.

An Rt above 1 shows that the pandemic is in a phase of expansion.

In the latest figures, no region or autonomous province exceeds the critical intensive care occupancy threshold of 30%. The nationwide average is now 19%.

Speranza said the falling numbers were “the result of the measures adopted so far, the correct behavior of the vast majority of people, and the vaccination campaign.”

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