There are 2,938 Covid test positives identified in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Yesterday there were 3,235. On the other hand, there are 41 victims in one day, compared to 39 yesterday.
There are 297,356 molecular and antigenic swabs for the coronavirus carried out in the last 24 hours in Italy, according to data from the Ministry of Health. Yesterday there were 301,773. The positivity rate is almost 1% (precisely 0.99%), a stable figure compared to 1.1%% yesterday.
There are 403 patients hospitalized in intensive care for Covid in Italy, 12 less than yesterday in the balance between income and expenses. Daily admissions are 24 (same number as yesterday). The hospitalized with symptoms in the ordinary wards are 2,824, compared to 48 fewer yesterday.
They cost the National Health Service 64 million euros in a single month, from 20 August to 19 September 2021, the 5,798 unvaccinated finished in the medical area and the 691 in intensive care. Precisely 63,811,181 euros, of which 46,501,415 for hospitalizations in the medical area and 17,309,766.11 for those in intensive care. This is the data from the report of the High School of Economics and Management of Health Systems (Altems) of the Catholic University. 94% of the unvaccinated hospitalized would not have been admitted to the medical area if they had been immunized. Of the unvaccinated ICU patients, 96% would have avoided hospitalization.
From 29 September to 5 October, new cases of Covid-19 drop for the fifth consecutive week (they were 21,060 compared to 23,159 in the previous week, equal to -9%), as well as people in home isolation drop by 8.5% (86,898 compared to 94,995). But above all, a sharp decline, equal to -19.4%, can be seen in deaths, which went from 311 to 386. This is revealed by the independent monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation, which compares the data for the week from 29 September-5 October 2021, with those of the previous one.
“For 5 consecutive weeks the national data has shown a decrease in new weekly cases, even if in the last week, compared to the previous one, 5 Regions recorded a percentage increase in infections”, explains Nino Cartabellotta, president of the Gimbe Foundation. The increases concern Basilicata (+ 73.6%), Prov. Aut. Bolzano (+ 8.7%), Prov. Aut. Trento (+ 20.9%), Sardinia (+ 5%), Valle D’Aosta (+ 64.5%), but they remain “contained in absolute terms”.
“On the hospital front – says Renata Gili, Head of Research on Health Services of the Gimbe Foundation – there is a further decline in the number of beds occupied by Covid-19 patients: compared to the previous week, they fell by 13.2% in the medical area and by 5, 7% in intensive care “. At the national level, the employment rate remains low (5% in the medical area and 5% in the critical area) and no Region exceeds the thresholds of 15% for the medical area and 10% for the critical area.
3rd dose slowly, it is an obligation for health professionals
Out of the 7.6 million people who are candidates to receive the third dose of the anti Covid vaccine, the current coverage is just 2.4%, Gimbe notes, which invites to foresee the obligation for health professionals and extend it to the under 80.
To date, the Circular of the Ministry of Health plans to use both Pfizer and Moderna for booster doses in specific categories of the population: in a first phase over 80 and guests and health and socio-health personnel of the nursing homes; hence the health workers. Overall, the audience that can be vaccinated with the third dose is almost 7.6 million people who since September 14 have been given almost 185 thousand doses with a coverage rate of 2.4%, and considerable regional differences: from 9% in Molise. to 0% of the Aosta Valley.
“The effectiveness of the vaccine remains high but the first slight signs of reduction require strategic planning, to administer the third dose to the general population and avoid escaping forward by some regions”. Gimbe proposes to “gradually expand the population that can be vaccinated with the booster dose to the age groups at risk of serious illness and death, starting with the age group 70-79 and subsequently 60-69 and 50-59”. It is also necessary, concludes the report, “to extend the obligation of the third dose for healthcare professionals, in order to guarantee safety for patients and reduce the risk of limiting the provision of healthcare services for non-Covid-19 diseases” .
The weekly administration of anti Covid vaccines decreased by 22.2% and almost 2.6 million over 50s still remain without coverage. The new independent monitoring of the Gimbe Foundation points out that their vaccination with a complete cycle remains “the absolute priority”. From the beginning of the campaign to 6 October (update 6.13) 98.8 million doses have been delivered. 76.8% of the population (45.4 million people) received at least one dose of the vaccine (+452.187 compared to the previous week) and 72.4% (42.9 million) completed the cycle (+661.771) . There are currently 13.4 million doses in the refrigerators stored. In the last week, however, the number of administrations has fallen again: they have been 1.2 million, with an average of almost 160 thousand per day. The number of new vaccinated people, after rising to 589 thousand in the previous week, fell to 488 thousand in the last week (-17.1%), “confirming for now the modest effects of the green pass on the curve of new vaccinates, net the uncertainty relating to the number of exemptions “, we read. Vaccination coverage by age group with at least one dose of vaccine is highly variable: ranging from 96.7% of the over 80s to 70.4% of the 12-19 age group. Despite the circulation of the Delta variant, the effectiveness of the vaccine remains very high: in people vaccinated with a full cycle compared to those not vaccinated, the diagnoses of Sars-CoV-2 are reduced by 79-84%, ordinary hospitalizations, by 88.6-95.6%, those in intensive care 90.7-100% and deaths 91.5-100%.