Covid-19: Italy records a decrease in the number of infected people and an increase in hospitalizations

Italy has recorded 18,916 cases of covid-19 and 280 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health, which points out that 1.386 million people are already vaccinated after receiving the second dose of the vaccine in the country.

With the number of new cases, less than in recent days, Italy now has 2,907,825 contagions since the start of the pandemic.

The infections announced today represent a significant drop from Friday, with 1,586 fewer cases detected.

In terms of deaths, the country recorded 27 more than the day before, bringing the total to 97,507 deaths.

Hospital pressure continues to increase and several units have already exceeded the alert level of the 411,966 patients currently with covid-19, 20,588 are hospitalized, 102 more than Friday and 2,194 are in intensive care units (11 more).

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Regarding vaccination, Italy exceeded 4 million vaccinated, with 4,156,382 doses inoculated across the country, of which 1,386,406 have already received the second dose and were considered vaccinated.

Health Minister Roberto Speranza today signed the decree establishing the new restrictions in force from Monday March 1.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Sardinia has become a “white zone”, since the improvement of epidemiological data has made it possible to maintain the only measures to maintain the mask and social distance.

The Italian Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini announced today, after a positive opinion from the technical commission of the government, that on March 27, World Theater Day, cinemas and theaters will reopen, as these are areas considered to be areas at low risk of coronavirus contagion.

The museums will also welcome the public again, but only on weekends and by prior reservation.

Last Wednesday, Dario Franceschini sent scientific advisers a series of protocols to obtain permission to reopen cinemas, theaters and concert halls.

The reopening will only be possible in the “yellow zones”, areas of Italian territory with less risk of contagion, such as in Rome, where the limitations are lower.

Cinemas and theaters are expected to significantly reduce capacity and the use of a mask will be mandatory.

Theaters are trying to avoid bankruptcy after being closed for almost a year.

With the doors closed, around 60 million spectators lost, which represents a loss of 420 million euros at the box office, according to the managers’ association.

During this period, theaters and opera houses had to reinvent themselves in order to survive.

The Rome Opera, for example, has chosen to sell its programs to television channels and is currently filming Verdi “La Traviata”, which will air on the public channel on April 9.

The San Carlo Opera in Naples, the oldest lyric theater on the European continent, broadcasts its presentations on the social network Facebook and throughout its season, until the summer, can be seen “online”.

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