Covid, international alert for the Delta variant.  Cases are on the rise in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia

Covid, international alert for the Delta variant. Cases are on the rise in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia

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Covid, international alert for the Delta variant.  Cases are on the rise in Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Russia

Growing infections

The greater contagiousness combined with sociality without a mask or distancing is causing infections to grow especially among young people

of Adriana Logroscino, Stefano Montefiori, Elisabetta Rosaspina and Marta Serafini

It was the greatest fear: that with the resumption of tourism, invoked, desired, expected, the contagion would run again. The situation photographed by some European countries and reported by the Ministry of Health circular that launches the international Delta variant alert confirms this. Covid has resumed its run, moderately, almost everywhere. But in some countries, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Finland, peaks are highlighted which are attributable not only to the greater contagiousness of the Delta variant, but also to the circulation of tourists, fans, evenings in clubs, in which mainly young people are concentrated. at concerts, at super-broadcast events. In short, to sociality, lived without masks or distance. In fact, the first to get infected are the boys. Inevitably, the virus then reaches the other age groups, starting with their family members. The circular signed by the director general of the Ministry’s Prevention Department, Giovanni Rezza, in launching the alert, looks with concern at August, when the Delta variant will cover from 70 (at the beginning of the month) to 90 percent of cases. During the summer months, any relaxation of measures without a simultaneous increase in the levels of complete vaccinations in the population, could lead to a sudden and significant increase in cases in all age groups, especially under 50 years, with an associated increase of hospitalizations and deaths.

In Spain, the greatest danger comes from the nightlife. If the incidence jumped to 252 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants (in Italy this value is currently 11) it reaches 800 out of one hundred thousand in the age group between 12 and 29 years. Also due to the increase in infections in the Netherlands, tourism in the Iberian Peninsula is the main suspect: 81 positives were identified on 16 return flights from Palma de Mallorca, another 60 on 14 air connections from the Algarve, a Portuguese region with a high rate of nightlife. And 205 new positives, all between 15 and 29, had been in Spain or Portugal. A different alarm comes from the Finnish health officials: 481 Covid positive had returned by plane from Russia after attending the matches of the European football championship in St. Petersburg. All sequenced samples belong to the Delta variant. In the circular, the director of the Ministry of Health indicates the three tools that the local health system must use to try to contain the infection. Tracing and then arranging isolation and quarantine for those who came into contact with a positive, sequencing, starting from the infected vaccinated, and vaccinating more quickly and without neglecting the young.

10 July 2021 | 23:10

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