“We are at an infection rate of 0.51 what does that mean? That to infect me you have to find two infected people at the same time. It is not that simple.” The ‘gaffe’ of the Lombard councilor Giulio Gallera detonates the controversy and irony on social media. If the RO index quoted by the assessor is equal to 1, it means that each infected person can infect another person, less than one, under one, but it is simply a statistical number. And therefore at 0.51 for every 10 positive people there are on average 5 new cases.
Gallera himself, however, mitigates the controversy by claiming that it was not a gaffe but a simplification to make it clear that the virus is slowing down.