Their report shows that the average RT increased to 1.07 between June 1 and 14, above the pandemic threshold (RT 1), and increased from the 0.83 registered in the previous monitoring report. That relates to the period from May 25 to June 7.
This is the first time that the RT has exceeded a value of 1 in more than two and a half months, according to the institute.
An RT of 1 or higher indicates that the virus is spreading, which means that on average an infected individual will pass the disease on to many others.
COVID by Numbers in Italy
The average bed occupancy rate registered on June 23 was 2.2% in intensive care wards and 7.9% in normal Covid wards, compared with 1.9% and 6.7% respectively. on June 16, respectively.
On Friday, Health Department Director Gianni Rezza said occupancy remains “well below the critical threshold”, and is not expected to put pressure on the public health system in the short term.
The ISS report also shows the incidence increased to 504 Covid cases per 100,000 residents between June 17-23 compared with 310 cases per 100,000 residents registered in the previous week.
Some 12 regions of Italy are classified as “medium risk” (in terms of the development of the pandemic) and another nine are “high risk”.
Despite the growing statistics, Italian health officials have no plans to introduce new restrictions, which are currently at the lowest level.
The Ministry of Health has registered 55,829 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 51 deaths.