Italy sees sharp fall in covid-19 hospital cases, report

Italy sees sharp fall in covid-19 hospital cases, report

The weekly number of covid-19 cases in Italy drops for the 10th week in a row.

Italy has seen a sharp decline in the number of hospitals and intensive care admissions for covid-19 over the last 50 days, according to a report from the Gimbel Foundation, a public health think tank.

The study charts the collapse of hospital cases since the peak on 6 April, with hospitalizations down by almost 71 percent and intensive care cases dropping by nearly 65 percent.

Since 6 April, the number of people hospitalized in Italy for coronavirus has fallen from 29,337 to 8,557, while the number of those in intensive units has dropped from 3,743 to 1,323.

Gimbe president Nino Cartabellotta credits the collapse in hospitalizations with the vaccination of “the most advanced age groups,” reports Italian news agency ANSA.

Comparing the data from 19-25 May with the previous week, the report found a further decrease in new covid cases (30,867 down from 43,795) and deaths (1,004 down from 1,215).

Hospitalizations with coronavirus also decreased over the same period: 8,557 cases compared to 11,539, and intensive care cases: 1,323 and 1,689 reports ANSA.

Cartabellotta also said that new weekly cases continue to drop, for the 10th consecutive week, a phenomenon the Gimbe president credits with the “reduced circulation of the virus” as well as a decrease in the number of tests being carried out.

“Compared to the previous week, there was a decrease of 12.2 percent of people tested (-69.010) and of 24.9 percent compared to two weeks ago (-165.241),” Cartabellotta said.

The data from Gimbe confirms downward covid trends throughout Italy, and in eight regions – Abruzzo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Molise, the autonomous province of Trento, Sardinia, Umbria, and Veneto – the weekly incidence of cases is less than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

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