Italy reported on Monday (31) its lowest daily number of cases of the new coronavirus in eight months. According to a bulletin from the Ministry of Health, 1,820 contagions were reported within 24 hours, the lowest figure since September 29 (1,648), bringing the total number of people already infected to 4,217,821.
As a result, the moving average of cases of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus in one week fell to 3,309, the lowest value since October 8 (2,999). Monday’s bulletin also records 82 new deaths, totaling at least 126,128 deaths in Italy since the start of the pandemic.
The country still has about 3.86 million cured patients and 233,674 active cases, the lowest figure since October 25 (222,241).
To date, more than 34.6 million anti-Covid vaccines have been applied in Italy, with almost 12 million people, more than 20% of the national population, taking both doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer or Moderna or the single dose of Janssen and completed the immunization cycle.
With the numbers of the Covid-19 pandemic in free fall, on Monday Italy started a new stage in the relaxation of the restriction measures, with the progression of three of the 20 regions of the country to the “white belt” of epidemiological risk.
Friuli Venice Giulia, in the north, and Molise and Sardinia, in the south, no longer need to respect the night curfew between 11 pm and 5 am and can reopen game rooms, indoor pools and amusement parks and once again hold fairs and weddings.
The only national rules in force in the white belt are the prohibition of agglomerations and the obligation of interpersonal distancing and the use of protective masks. To progress to this regime, the region needs to have an incidence of less than 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants for three consecutive weeks.
If the current trend continues, the whole country could move towards the white belt in June, allowing for a full resumption before the summer holidays start, in July and August.
The other 17 Italian regions are in the yellow belt, which does not provide for relaxation in the white area, but still allows the opening of shops, restaurants and intercity and interregional trips.
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