Now it is especially in the metropolis that the pandemic alert moves because the virus runs on crowded public transport (despite the 80% capacity limit), on train carriages, among passengers who gather at stops and on subway platforms. And the count of those who end up in hospital due to Covid, in ordinary wards or in intensive care, in relation to the increase in positive cases, shows how at this moment the epidemic is hitting the hardest Milan, Rome, Naples, Turin and the rest of the urban agglomerations.
It is a global challenge, which in Europe also interests and involves Paris, London, Madrid and Berlin, where the scenario, however, is worse. And then, if before it was the elderly who got sick and died the most with the massacres in the RSA, now it is young people who pay high for the failure to comply with the safety rules in the nights of fun, increasing the number of positives that are recorded every day.
The most exposed seem to be, however, after the restrictive measures of the new Dpcm which excluded schools, students and their parents. Because the family proves to be another place with a strong cluster risk, more than it was in the acute phase of the epidemic. In the second wave, now also upon us in Italy, the coronavirus seems to have shifted its aggressive capacity to more open fields: it does not rage with greater frequency among the inhabitants of small towns, as it had done in February, bringing them to their knees in the first place Codogno, Lodigiano and the small Venetian village of Vo ‘Euganeo, the first red areas of Italy. Or again, Bergamo and the Val Seriana.
In recent weeks it expands where there are more people. And it is evidently not enough to wear a mask when the contact between people in confined spaces is too close. And that the metropolises, observed special, are in the eye of the epidemic cyclone, can also be seen from the data on infections, growing everywhere: in Rome yesterday there were 201 new cases, that is more than a third of those detected in Lazio (579 ); in Milan there are 236 of the 440 in the province and over a thousand in the region; in Naples there is a record surge: 731 in the last three days.
The public transport node under pressure, and therefore at greater risk of contagion, is therefore at the center of the attention of technicians and politicians. An idea for emptying buses and subways is that of distance learning in high schools. The governors of the Regions propose it, in the forefront those of Veneto, Luca Zaia, and Liguria, Giovanni Toti. But a tug-of-war with the government has been triggered because the Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina, comforted by the data contained on the infections within the school walls, says she is firmly against. The president of Anci and mayor of Bari, Antonio Decaro, on the other hand, asked the government to stagger the entrances and exits from schools “because if all students and commuters get on the bus at the same time it is clear that public transport is clogs “.
But there is the problem of the availability of vehicle fleets: in large cities, buses, trams and metro convoys that already travel at full capacity may not be sufficient to cover the service throughout the day and, moreover, if you still have to reduce the capacity up to at 50% (it is a hypothesis under discussion) there would be a risk of being on foot every day 275,000 users, including those who travel for study or for work (this is a research by Asstra, the association that brings together local transport companies). This morning, however, the Minister of Transport Paola Demicheli meets with the representatives of the Local Authorities and the Regions to evaluate the possible containment measures to be taken on public transport.
To examine the trend of the epidemic curve in Lombardy yesterday the mayors of the eleven capitals spoke with the president of the Region, Attilio Fontana. “The governor confirmed to us that, from the point of view of the management of hospitals, intensive care and Covid wards, everything is under control – said the mayor of Milan Beppe Sala -, but he showed us the growth rates of some provinces including Milan, very significant. We were also told that when you give it a squeeze, then it takes a fortnight to see results. Let’s see if the tightening is enough – he added – I believe that the right things have been done ».
HERE LONDON: TOWARDS THE “GREAT RISK”
With 78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, in the British capital, London, there is an “average” alert: pubs and restaurants close at 10 pm and meetings authorized for a maximum of six people. However, the infections grow by 56% per week. Mayor Sadiq Khan believes that it is “inevitable” that the city is placed in the “high risk” category and therefore partially closed, avoiding a major national lockdown. (A.Nap.)
HERE BERLIN: ASSEMBLIES PROHIBITED
In Berlin, all the neighborhoods have exceeded the guard limit of 50 daily infections for 7 consecutive days on 100,000 inhabitants. The worst situation is in Neukölln with 142.3 daily infections. Since the beginning of the pandemic in the capital, there have been 18,327 infections (706 yesterday), 234 dead. Between 11 pm and 6 am, gatherings with more than 5 people are prohibited, compulsory mask in offices and shopping centers. New restrictive measures are now possible. (VS)
HERE PARIS: BISTROT STILL CLOSED
After the masks imposed on everyone in the street and the bars still completely closed since the beginning of the month (if they do not offer restaurant services), Paris is expecting a possible night curfew that could be announced on TV tonight by Macron. By October 24, Covid patients could occupy 80% of ICU beds, says the capital’s hospital consortium, where the positive test rate is 17%. (DZ)
HERE MADRID: THE EPICENTER IS BACK
With 267 thousand infections and 9,786 deaths, Madrid, already in March among the capitals most affected by Covid-19, returned to the epicenter of the second wave. To impose a partial lockdown, the central government (despite the opposition, even legal, of the governor) has declared a state of alarm in the capital and in 8 municipalities of the region, with restrictions on mobility, bars and restaurants closed at 11 pm and the limit of 6 people for meetings. (PDV)
HERE BRUSSELS: MANDATORY MASKS
The capital of Europe is dealing with the exponential growth of the contagion in Belgium. In Brussels, the use of a mask is mandatory indoors, in transport, in busy streets and wherever distance cannot be guaranteed. From 8 October closed bars and cafes, party rooms. Public banned in sports clubs, alcohol consumption on the street and welcoming more than three unrelated guests into the house. (GMDR)