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Italy’s COVID-19 infection rate falls to lowest level since October

Italy’s COVID-19 infection rate falls to lowest level since October

The Italian health authorities have confirmed the lowest level of corona infection since October.

Both the health ministry and the Higher Health Institute (ISS) showed a substantial decrease in the coronavirus numbers in the nation’s latest weekly coronavirus monitoring report. On Friday, the number of new cases in 24 hours was 3.738, while there were 126 deaths reported.

Across Italy, the national average weekly COVID-19 incidence rate and Rt number had fallen again, while the average daily number of new coronavirus cases is now below 4,000 for the first time since October 10th.

This is the first time this year that the incidence rate has been below 50 per 100,000 – the threshold which the ISS says “allows the containment of new cases” as it is low enough for the country’s track and trace system to work effectively.

Finally, the figure is now at its lowest since almost exactly a year ago, an Rt over 1 means that the epidemic is in a phase of expansion, the medical officials reported with pleasure.

Taking into account a substantial improvement of the situation, a few of Italy’s regions could be declared a white zone. That means a region must have fewer than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and an Rt number below 1 for three weeks in a row, The Local Italy reports.

On Friday, Italy’s covid-19 emergency commissioner said that vaccination appointment bookings would be opened to all age groups from next week.