the bulletin of April 19, 2021
Few tampons, many infections. The new daily Covid cases in Sicily return to over a thousand, and over 500 are only in Palermo and its province. The new positives are 1,123 out of just 14,416 processed swabs (7,405 molecular and 7,011 rapid, few as usually happens every Monday), for a positivity rate of 7.7%. The deaths are 10, while 549 recovered. Sicily is the second region with the most cases after Campania (1,334 cases) and before Lombardy (1,040).
After days, the number of beds occupied in the hospital has risen again, although it must be taken into account that there are less and less discharges over the weekend. The fact is that there are 1,262 hospitalized in the ordinary regime in the Covid wards (+50 compared to yesterday), while the patients in intensive care (data updated at 16) are 176 (-11) with only one new entry. The current positives on the island remain 26,322 (+564). The percentage of hospitalized people out of the total number of people who have the virus remains 5.5%.
The detail by province shows that there are 508 new cases in Palermo. With these numbers, the province will hardly come out of the red zone on the 23rd. Even if in the week from 13 to 19 April the new positives in the Metropolitan City are 3,062, and the ratio of new weekly positives per 100 thousand inhabitants is equal to 252.16 (yesterday, with reference to the week from 12 to 18 April, the new positives were 3,054 and the ratio was 251.50). It should be remembered that the limit is that of 250 per 100 thousand inhabitants.
The other cases in Catania (221), Messina (87), Syracuse (79), Trapani (26), Ragusa (68), Caltanissetta (96), Agrigento (14), Enna (24).
AstraZeneca open weekend at the Fair: the overall balance
2,925 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine injected during the three-day open weekend at the Fiera del Mediterraneo. The initiative was reserved for citizens between 60 and 79 years of age, without particular pathologies or frailties. In addition to the administration of Vaxzevria, the new name of the vaccine produced by the Anglo-Swedish multinational, there are 7,483 doses of Pfizer and Moderna from the ordinary vaccination regime for vulnerable and over 80-year-old citizens.
“The intent of the open weekend was to increase the daily number of doses administered, a perfectly achieved goal – says Renato Costa, Coronavirus emergency commissioner in the metropolitan city of Palermo -. We have gone from 400-500 daily inoculations of AstraZeneca to an average of over 970 vaccinations a day of this anti-Covid serum. It means that we have more than doubled them. It was not at all obvious. Trust cannot be rebuilt in a day and that in AstraZeneca, in Sicily as elsewhere, was at its lowest for the The alarm has risen around the very rare cases of thrombosis recorded. The Palermo and Sicilians have understood that we are talking about an absolutely safe vaccine in the target considered, that is, that of 60-79 year olds in good health. the real goal: the more people get vaccinated, with all the vaccines available, the sooner we can hope to dismiss the pandemic ”.
In particular, on Friday, April 16, 1180 AstraZeneca was administered at the Mediterranean Fair. On the second day, that of Saturday 17, there were 973 vaccines with Anglo-Swedish serum. Finally, on Sunday 18, 772 people immunized with AstraZeneca showed up. To reduce waiting times and ensure better management of the flow of people, the Fair has made available a pre-registration system from its platform https://fiera.asppalermo.org/, the same from which bookings for the evening shift and, in some cases, even daily, so that citizens could indicate an arrival time at the hub and present themselves with the forms ready to be delivered. “An experience to be repeated – comments Costa -, perhaps by increasing the number of recipients. Currently, the AstraZeneca vaccine is not prohibited for people under 60, but it should preferably be used in people over the age of 79. We hope that the next step is to expand the audience of citizens who can and want to receive it ”.
Two other red areas have been established by order signed by the President of the Nello Musumeci Region. These are Montallegro, in the province of Agrigento, and Longi, in the Messina area. The provision, requested by the extraordinary commissioner who guides Montallegro and by the mayor of Longi and following the reports of the respective provincial ASPs, will come into force on Wednesday 21 April, and will cease to be effective on Friday 30 April.
The situation in the rest of Italy
Today’s new Ministry of Health bulletin (April 19, 2021) reports 8,864 new positive cases out of just 146,728 swabs. 316 victims in one day. Currently positive are 493,489 (-11,122 compared to yesterday), while those recovered and discharged since the beginning of the pandemic are 3,268,262 (+19,669). In the hospitals there are 3,244 patients admitted to intensive care for Covid in Italy, down by 67 units compared to yesterday in the daily balance between entries and exits, while the daily entries, according to data from the Ministry of Health, were 141 (yesterday 163 ). On the other hand, 23,742 people are hospitalized in the ordinary wards, an increase of 94 compared to yesterday.
Coronavirus, today’s bulletin on Monday 19 April
- New cases: 8,864
- Cases tested: 51235
- Swabs (diagnostic and control): 146.728
- molecular: 90179 of which 8635 positive (9.57%)
- rapid: 56549 of which 228 are positive
- Currently positive: 493,489
- Hospitalized: 23,742
- Hospitalized in Intensive Care: 3,244, 141 new admissions
- Total positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic: 3,878,994
- Deaths after positive Covid test: 117,243
- Total Discharged / Healed: 3,268,262
- Vaccinated: 4,468,690 (15,243,980 doses administered)
* This is 88% of the 11,845,080 doses delivered by Pfizer and the 1,320,400 delivered by Moderna as of April 19th. The vaccination campaign dedicated to over 80s not in RSA involved over 5,142,580 “grandparents” who had at least one dose of the Pfizer / Moderna vaccine. With the 4,157,600 AstraZeneca vaccines destined for phase 3, 237 thousand men of the armed forces and 1,134,544 teachers and non-teachers of school staff were involved. The updated vaccine report on the government website. Yesterday 230,537 doses were administered (of which 51 thousand second doses) compared to the 300 thousand desired by the vaccination plan. The distribution of the more than 400,000 doses of Moderna vaccine that arrived last night at the national hub of Pratica di Mare is underway.