February 25th – According to the European Union News Agency quoted by the European Union News Agency, the Italian Ministry of Civil Defense reported 16,424 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 318 deaths on the 24th. As of 18:00 on the 24th, there were a total of 2848,564 confirmed cases, 96,666 deaths and 2,362,465 cured cases nationwide.
According to the latest data released by Milan Public Health Department, 547 people in Milan schools were infected with the novel coronavirus in the week from February 15 to 21, including 409 students, 138 teachers and other staff. As a result, 5,902 students, 204 teachers and school staff were quarantined, a total of 6,106 people.
Italy’s Higher Health Center said that 17.5% of the recent new confirmed cases were minors, which is very different from the initial infection rate of the epidemic, which only accounts for 2% of the total. This means that one in five infections occur in schools, because the variant virus found in the UK is more infectious.
Italy’s National Science and Technology Commission recommended to Prime Minister Draghi that it should be cautious about reopening, and warned that more than 30% of new infections have been infected with the variant virus found in the UK. By mid-March, the variant virus will become the main source of infection in Italy.
“Research confirms that variant viruses found in the UK are more likely to spread among minors, which requires us to reconsider the use of distance learning at high school,” said Kauda, director of the infectious diseases department at the Jemeli University Hospital in Rome.
On the afternoon of the 24th local time, Italian Health Minister Speranza said in the House of Representatives that Italy does not currently constitute a condition for deregulation.
Spellanza pointed out that the variant virus found in the UK is spreading more and more widely, and Italy needs to raise the alert level. Compared with the variant viruses found in the United Kingdom, the other two variant viruses found in Brazil and South Africa can reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine and are therefore more dangerous. At present, the spread of these two variants of viruses is still weak, and it is necessary to isolate the epidemic area.