COVID: One in Four Italians Vaccinated, 40 Million Doses Introduced

Rome | Italy has administered 40.5 million doses of the vaccine and 25.17% of the population over the age of 12 has been vaccinated, according to an official report released on Friday.

The publication of these data comes amid the ongoing decline of the pandemic: on Thursday, 2079 new cases were reported on the peninsula. Hospital admissions due to COVID have also dropped 84% since early April, according to a study by the Gimbe Foundation, which specializes in public health.

Faced with this improvement, the government is gradually lifting restrictions on the fight against COVID. The start of the curfew has been rescheduled from Monday 23:00 to midnight and will be completely canceled on June 21st.

Bars and restaurants can also host canteen visitors again from June 1st.

Italy, the first European country hard hit by the pandemic, recorded a record death rate in 2020: 100,000 more deaths than the average in the previous five years, corresponding to a 9% increase in deaths, according to a report from the National Institute of Statistics (Istat) released on Thursday. …

In 15 months, COVID also reduced life expectancy for men by 1.4 years and women by 1 year, with a peak of 2.3 years for men in Lombardy, a northern region of the country including Milan, particularly affected by the coronavirus.

Since the start of the pandemic, Italy has officially reported 4.23 million cases, including 126,523 deaths.

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