COVID: Rt number down to 0.84 - ISS

Risk level improving, but upswing possible says report

(ANSA) - ROME, JAN 29 - The average Rt reproduction number for COVID-19 in Italy dropped to 0.84 in the period between January 6 and 19, according to a draft of the weekly coronavirus monitoring report of the health ministry and the Higher Health Institute (ISS), It said the range was down to 0.75-0.98, taking the upper limit below one.
    It said there had been an "improvement in the general level of risk, with a significant increase in low-risk regions".
    It said only one region, Umbria, was high risk, down from four in the previous report, while 10 regions-autonomous provinces were moderate risk and 10 were low risk.
    Nevertheless, the report warned that the "epidemic remains in a delicate phase and a new rapid increase in the number of cases is possible in the coming weeks" if the COVID-19 prevention measures are not "rigorously maintained". . (ANSA).


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