more swabs on the island but below the national average

more swabs on the island but below the national average

(ANSA) – CAGLIARI, OCTOBER 13 – In Sardinia 4,991 anti Covid controls per 100,000 inhabitants from 12 August to 11 October. The numbers of the island are just below the Italian average (5,360). In the last week, the ratio between positives and cases tested was 6.9%, above the Italian average (6.2%). And the laboratories accredited for the execution of molecular swabs have increased from 2 to 13 (data of last September 18). These are the latest data from the Gimbe Foundation’s analysis of the general framework of the fight against coronavirus in Sardinia.

Covid: more swabs on the island but below the national average

Covid: more swabs on the island but below the national average

Gallery: New Delhi disappears into the smog again. End of the ‘lockdown’ truce for coronavirus (Rai News)

New Delhi's air quality deteriorated sharply on Tuesday as winds subsided, causing thick smoke from the burning of stubble in the surrounding countryside to stagnate above the Indian capital. Smog significantly reduced visibility: the air quality index (AQI) rose above 300 on a scale of 500, indicating conditions "worst" which put the population at risk for respiratory problems. The sudden absence of wind has left deadly pollutants like PM 2.5, particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, suspended in the air that can go deep into the lungs, causing life-threatening disease and heart problems. Each winter, a thick blanket of smog settles over north India from a combination of factors including stubble burning, industrial emissions and vehicle exhaust. Since October 1, New Delhi's average AQI has been more than 36% higher than the same period a year ago. Until September, the entire metropolitan area of ​​New Delhi, which last year stood out in the ranking of the most polluted cities in the world, had enjoyed a truce due to the rigid 'lockdown' to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. At the end of last April the satellite images and that of the New Delhi skyline spoke clearly: after a month of 'lockdown" the air of the Indian metropolis was as clear as it had ever been in the past twenty years. With the arrival of winter and the easing of anti-covid measures, experts feared that things could quickly return to the way they did before the pandemic. A few days ago, the Indian authorities had therefore launched a pollution alert, in an attempt to reduce smog levels, warning that the unbreathable air typical of the capital during the winter could make the coronavirus pandemic even more dangerous. The governor of the capital, Arvind Kejriwal, had announced the campaign against fine particles starting with the smoke caused by agricultural fires and the introduction of a mobile application that will allow citizens to send photos and complaints against polluters. "Polluted air can be very dangerous in the COVID-19 pandemic. Both damage the lungs"Kejriwal said. Health experts say high levels of air pollution over a prolonged period undermine the resistance to disease of those living in New Delhi, one of the most polluted cities in the world, making them more susceptible to coronavirus as well. Previous studies have already suggested that high levels of air pollution can make viral infections more dangerous. It is estimated that more than one million Indians die every year from diseases related to air pollution. India recorded the smallest daily increase in new coronavirus cases since mid-August with 55,342 positives in the past 24 hours. The Indian Ministry of Health toll on Tuesday brought the total confirmed cases to more than 7.17 million since the start of the pandemic with 706 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total death toll to 109,856. India still has the highest number of new cases per day globally, but the trend has been steadily decreasing since the beginning of September, when more than 90,000 new cases were recorded every day.

“Observing the progressive increase in new cases – states the national president Nino Cartabellotta – since the end of August the Foundation has urged the Regions to strengthen the testing & tracing activities, because in the phase of slow rise of the epidemic curve the battle with the virus is won on the territory”. The tampons, points out Gimbe, although modestly strengthened, with the surge in cases have turned out to be a too narrow “bottleneck” that has favored the growth of new infections which in the last 10 days from linear has become exponential. (HANDLE).


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