Italy is currently grappling with a surge in COVID-19 infections, placing immense strain on hospitals and healthcare facilities. However, this critical situation is not receiving adequate coverage from mainstream news outlets and international wire agencies. The World Health Organization (WHO) publishes weekly reports, but these may not fully capture the true extent of the crisis due to potential discrepancies in official data provided by governments. Italy was previously flagged by the WHO as one of the countries witnessing a rise in respiratory infections, including COVID-19.
Recent data, updated as of December 19, 2023, reveals that Italy has recorded over 225,994 new COVID-19 infections and 1,009 deaths in the past 30 days alone. What is particularly alarming is that more than 5,720 healthcare workers have also contracted the virus during this period, further exacerbating the strain on an already overwhelmed healthcare system. Unpublished data suggests that COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to rise since the last official update on December 20, 2023.
Between December 21 and December 27, 2023, a total of 279 Italians tragically lost their lives to COVID-19. Reports from physicians and healthcare professionals across the country indicate a rapid increase in ICU admissions and hospitalizations for COVID-19 since December 27, 2023. Notably, both children under the age of 10 and adults over the age of 55 are particularly susceptible to the severity of the disease.
Contrary to previous claims that the JN.1 variant is relatively mild, local doctors report that it is actually contributing to greater disease severity, especially among individuals with pre-existing comorbidities and the elderly. Another concerning observation is that many individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are experiencing serious symptoms, such as strokes, blood clots, lung and heart issues, and intestinal ischemia, days or even weeks later.
Thailand Medical News remains dedicated to providing up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in Italy and other European countries as more data becomes available. It is of utmost importance for the public to stay informed about the ongoing developments and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and others.