` – The Rt index in Italy rises again for the fourth consecutive week, which in the latest monitoring marks 1.57 against 1.26 last week. The weekly incidence also rises from 40 to 58 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants. this is what we learn from the control room for Covid monitoring, which met this morning as every Friday.
In particular, we read in the draft of the ISS, in the period 06.20 July, the average Rt calculated on symptomatic cases was equal to 1.57 (range 22.214.171.124), a sharp increase compared to the week previous and above one. In a similar way, an increase in the transmissibility index based on cases with hospitalization is observed, which passes from 1.16 to 1.46. There are 20 regions classified at moderate risk and one (Molise) at low risk– On the other hand, no Region exceeds the critical occupancy threshold for beds in intensive care or medical areas. The employment rate in intensive care is stable at 2%, with a slight increase in the number of people admitted from 165 (20/07/2021) to 189 (27/07/2021). The employment rate in medical areas nationwide increases to 3%. The number of people hospitalized in these areas is up from 1,194 last week to 1,611.
As for the “circulation of the Delta variant is increasing in Italy and is now prevalent– This variant has led to an increase in cases in other countries with high vaccination coverage, therefore it is advisable to carry out extensive tracking and sequencing of cases “. According to the draft, therefore,”it is necessary to accelerate the times to reach a high vaccination coverage and the completion of vaccination cycles to prevent further recurrences of episodes of increased circulation of the virus sustained by emerging variants with greater transmissibility “.