Coronavirus bulletin Emilia Romagna May 20, over 4 thousand deaths from the beginning of the epidemic

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Bologna, 20 May 2020 – They have exceeded the figure of 4 thousand the dead for Coronavirus in Emilia Romagna since the beginning of the epidemic, the cases of positivity in our region instead are a total of 27,364, 50 more than yesterday on 6,162 i swabs carried out, which thus reach a total of 274,362.

As for deaths, there are 11 more than yesterday and 4,008 since the beginning of the crisis. Those of today concern a resident of the province of Piacenza, two in that of Parma, one in that of Reggio Emilia, one in that of Modena, two in that of Bologna (none in Imola), one in that of Ferrara, one in that of Forlì-Cesena (in Forlivese), two in that of Rimini. No deaths among residents in the province of Ravenna and from outside the Region.

Coronavirus, the map of contagion in Emilia Romagna on May 20

These are the cases of positivity on the territory, which refer not to the province of residence, but to that in which the diagnosis was made: 4,447 a Piacenza (11 more than yesterday), 3,412 a Parma (10 more), 4.910 a Reggio Emilia (10 more), 3,880 y Modena (1 more), 4,510 a Bologna (8 more); 391 positivity recorded a Imola (data unchanged), 983 a Ferrara (3 more). In Romagna cases of positivity reached 4,831 (7 more), of which 1,017 a Ravenna (2 more), 939 a Forlì (1 more), 768 a Cesena (data unchanged), 2,107 a Rimini (4 more).



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The other numbers

There are 271 new healings today (18,258 in total), while active cases continue to decline, that is, the number of actual patients who have now fallen to 5,098 (-232).

People in solitary confinement at home, i.e. those with mild symptoms, who do not require hospital treatment, or are symptom-free, total 4,376, – 185 compared to yesterday. ICU patients are 96 (-3). Those hospitalized in the other Covid wards also decreased (-44).

The overall healed people therefore rose to 18,258 (+271): 1,640 “clinically healed”, that is, they became asymptomatic after presenting clinical manifestations associated with the infection, and 16,618 those declared healed in all respects because they tested negative in two consecutive tests.

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Covid in a newborn already on February 26 in Parma

First case of isolation from a 7 week old infant from SarsCov-2. The nasopharyngeal sample of the infant, hospitalized, arrived at the laboratory on February 26th. This shows that “the circulation of the new virus in the pediatric population occurred before the epidemic recognized in the city” and supports the hypothesis that “the circulation of the virus in children is often unknown”. The isolation was carried out at the University of Parma and the data is published in the ‘International journal of infectious diseases’.



The EU study on antibodies, Emilia Romagna protagonist

TO Reggio Emilia you study the antibodies to the COVID-19. It is a project to evaluate virus antibody tests SARS-CoV-2, ie serologicals, promoted by Eunetha, the European network for the evaluation of health technologies. To guide him there Emilia Romagna region, through theUsl Irccs company of Reggio Emilia with four of his professionals. “The goal of the project- explains the regional councilor for Health Raffaele Donini – is to guarantee the scientific community a constant update on the accuracy of the tests and their use in different scenarios. A theme, this, “on which our Region has spent a lot, quickly activating a very precise plan precisely on serological tests. In a constantly evolving situation like the one we are experiencing – the councilor continues – it is essential to give new answers and solutions “.

The study, which aims to indicate which it is the effectiveness of antibody tests for the Sars-CoV-2 virus (so-called serological tests), it is part of the Eunetha project dedicated to Covid-19. First, we will evaluate which is the most suitable way to implement a program screening that allows the transmission of the infection to be monitored in the best possible way, both in the general population and among those at greatest risk of exposure (for example, health workers).



The project will also aim to give indications on how to make timely and reliable theat diagnosis of Sars-CoV-2 infection. It will also try to identify the type of tests that should be used to follow the course of the disease in real time, in order to support healthcare personnel on decisions relating to treatment, hospitalization, discharge and return to the community.

Equally important will be to understand if the tests are actually a diagnostic tool to be able to certify with confidence whether there is a transmission risk in patients who have recovered from the infection, and whether the antibodies guarantee immunity to the subjects who are been affected by the virus.

The results of the evaluation will be published in June.

Anti Covid Solutions, 30 research projects funded

New types of protective masks, electronic bracelets for the management of vital parameters and the distancing, antibacterial films and antiviral, packaging disposable for disinfectants, respiratory low cost, access control and management system for sports facilities with control of temperature.



These are some of the innovative solutions designed by companies and research laboratories in Emilia-Romagna in response to the call for proposals Emilia Romagna region, who promoted research and development projects experimental for the development of products, services, technological solutions to counteractepidemic from COVID-19.

These are the first 30 projects eligible for contribution, relating to the first ‘call’ of the regional tender, with a total cost of 4.2 million euros, to which the Region will contribute through European funds (Por-Fesr) with 3.1 million euros. Of these funded projects, 27 were presented by companies (including 19 between micro and small businesses) and 3 by laboratories of the High Technology Network.

The three ‘calls’ made by the Region starting from April 27, led to the presentation of 199 projects by companies and research laboratories: 153 presented by companies and 46 by laboratories of the High Technology regional network, for an overall value of over 25 million euros, and a requested contribution of 19.5 million. A demonstration of great creativity and highly innovative solutions to fight the pandemic.



“Today, just 30 days after the announcement of the announcement – said the regional councilor for economic development, Vincenzo Colla-, we are already able to give the green light to the first 30 projects to create solutions to contrast the spread of covid19. This is a new ‘blow’ of the regional bazooka for the restart of our economy “.

Among the projects, one proposes the development of a protective face mask with transparent visor for use in the healthcare environment, produced through an ‘injection-compression’ molding technique, made with polymers easily available on the market. Another company, on the other hand, proposes to create a film which, treated with nanotechnology, is also capable of acquiring antibacterial and antiviral characteristics. And again, a project aims to develop a machine that will allow the packaging of disinfectant gel in innovative single-dose sachets that can be easily opened thanks to the use of only three fingers.

The projects will be monitored and must be completed within 6 months from the approval of the financing, and the results must allow the development of concrete solutions and timely application, which can have the widest diffusion and impact on the whole regional territory.



Award for health workers engaged in the fight against Covid

The audience of beneficiaries of the economic recognition that the Region has decided to assign to the social and health personnel busy during theCoronavirus emergency. The staff of the regional council will also benefit from the integrationSassuolo hospital (Modena) and dell ‘Montecatone Institute (Bologna).

A decision motivated by the fact that in both cases these are hospitals with public majority participation, and which are part of the public welfare networks; therefore the enlargement is in line with the criteria that had been set through the union agreement signed at the beginning of April, with which 65 million euros were allocated in favor of doctors, nurses, social and health workers for overtime work in the period more intense than the emergency.



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