COVID-19: Rt transmission number drops to 1.31

(ANSA) – ROME, JAN 21 – Italy’s COVID-19 Rt transmission
number has fallen while the case incidence is steady, according
to the latest coronavirus monitoring report of the health
ministry and the Higher Health Institute (ISS).
The report said that Rt number in the December 22-January 4
period was 1.31, down from 1.56 in last week’s report.
It added, however, that this week’s figure may be slightly lower
than it should be because some regions had problems sending in
their data.
An Rt number above 1 indicates that the epidemic is expanding.
It said the incidence was 2,011 COVID cases for every 100,000
inhabitants, largely steady with respect to last week’s figure
of 1,988.
It said the proportion of ordinary-ward hospital places occupied
by coronavirus sufferers was up from 27.1% to 31.6%.
But the COVID occupancy rate in intensive care units was
effectively steady at 17.3%, compared to 17.5% on January 15.
Valle d’Aosta is the region with the highest COVID occupancy
rate in ordinary wards at 54.5%, followed by Calabria (40.1%)
and Liguria (39.7%).
The regions with the highest proportion of ICU beds taken up by
coronavirus patients were Marche (23.9%) and Friuli Venezia
Giulia (22.9%).
The autonomous province has the highest COVID incidence at
3,468.7 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants. (ANSA).