Italy has reported that in the last 24 hours it has registered 144,243 new infections of coronavirus, a new record since the beginning of the pandemic that adds to those harvested in recent days and that raises the total number of infections to 6.1 million since February 2020.
In addition, 156 deaths have been recorded, 137,247 since the start of the pandemic.
There are currently 900,984 positive people, of which 11,150 are in hospital wards and 1,260 in ucis.
This Friday, 1.2 million tests of covid, while 1.1 million were made yesterday, and the positivity rate (percentage of positives among all the tests carried out) stood at 11.03%, stable with respect to Thursday.
The rapid dissemination of the omicron variant, which has led the country to exceed the record of daily cases, has forced the Italian Government to decide that from January 10 it will require the reinforced health certificate (which is obtained in Italy when it has been vaccinated or has passed the disease) to be able to access means of transport, in addition to hotels, ceremonies or festivals. Now it is requested for leisure and to consume inside bars and restaurants.
The authorities of Lombardy (north) and Lazio, whose capital is Rome (center), have already confirmed that these two regions will go on Monday to the second risk level of four in the color scale designed by the Executive for the high number of infected, and these will be added with great probability Piedmont (north) and the island of Sicily (south), according to the Italian media and awaiting the official circular of the Ministry of Health.
The Italian Executive is increasingly prone to imposing the reinforced certificate at work to contain the spread of infections, a measure that the reluctance of some coalition parties has prevented taking until now, but that could be approved in the next Council of Ministers, on January 5.
It is also studying new rules to guarantee safe return to classrooms between January 7 and 10, depending on the regions, and a hypothesis that will be lowered is that vaccinated students up to 11 years old are isolated for five days and ten unvaccinated, in case there are two positives in the classroom, while in kindergartens there will be a ten-day quarantine for all with a single positive.
The Italian Minister of Education, Patrizio Bianchi, has assured that it is essential for the Government to protect face-to-face teaching, while the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has encouraged to continue expanding the spectrum of vaccinated between 5 and 11 years so as not to overload the hospitals.