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Number of new COVID cases down in Italy after 13 weeks - GIMBE

But coronavirus deaths have continued to rise says report

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 27 - The number of new COVID-19 cases in Italy dropped in the period between January 19 and 25 for the first time in 13 weeks, according to the weekly monitoring report of the GIMBE medical foundation, which was released on Thursday.
    It said there were 1,197,970 new cases in that period, down 3.7% from the 1,243,789 registered the week before.
    The report said the number of COVID patients in Italy's ordinary hospital wards rose 3% from 19,448 to 20,037 but the number in intensive care dropped 1.4% from 1,715 to 1,691.
    It said Italy registered 2,519 COVID deaths in the period in question, up 11.2% on the 2,266 recorded the previous week.
    The report said the number of people having their first dose of a COVID vaccine dropped by 30.9% in the January 19-25 period.
    It added that 96,957 over-50s got their first jab over the last week, down 25.5% with respect to the previous seven days.
    The government has made it obligatory for over-50s to be vaccinated for the coronavirus by mid-February. (ANSA).


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