Coronavirus cases have started to rise again in Italy, the country’s Ministry of Health announced today, intensifying concerns about a new wave of pandemics during the summer tourist season.
In the last 48 hours the number of new infections was the highest since the end of April: 62,704 yesterday Tuesday and almost 54,000 today.
The weekly infection rate is expected to record its third consecutive increase after eight weeks of decline. However, the daily number of new infections is still much lower than the 200,000 level in January.
In the last 24 hours, 50 patients have lost their lives due to complications of Covid-19, compared to 62 deaths that were announced on Tuesday.
Despite the recent increase in infections, health authorities say they do not expect an increase in mortality or ICU admissions, and are pleased with the vaccination coverage of the population. 90.1% of Italians over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
However, there is concern that a possible pandemic wave could hit tourism, which has just begun to recover.
Prior to the pandemic, Italy was one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, attracting approximately 64.5 million visitors in 2019, according to data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization.
This year, the tourism industry has shown signs of recovery, offering oxygen to the Italian economy, which is being hit by rising inflation and the effects of the war in Ukraine.