Coronavirus loses its potential and becomes far less deadly, said a senior Italian doctor.
“In reality, the virus is clinically no longer in Italy,” said Alberto Zangrillo, head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan in northern Lombardy, which has borne the burden of contracting the Italian corona virus.
“The swabs carried out over the past 10 days show a quantitative viral load that is really very small compared to what was done a month or two months ago,” he told RAI television.
Italy has the third highest mortality rate in the world from COVID-19, with 33,415 people dead since the outbreak was revealed on February 21.
It has the sixth highest global case count at 233,019.
But new infections and deaths have declined steadily in May and the country is opening some of the most rigid locking restrictions applied anywhere on the continent.
“We must return to being a normal country.”
Zangrillo said some experts were too worried about the prospect of a second wave of infections and politicians needed to take into account the new reality.
“We must return to being a normal country,” he said.
“One must take responsibility for terrorizing the country.”
Too fast to claim victory
The government urges caution, saying it is too early to claim victory.
“Waiting for scientific evidence to support the thesis that the virus has disappeared … I will invite those who say they believe they will not confuse the Italians,” Sandra Zampa, a deputy minister in the health ministry, said in a statement.
“We should invite Italians to maintain maximum vigilance, maintain physical distance, avoid large groups, to wash hands frequently and wear masks.”
A second doctor from northern Italy told the ANSA news agency that he also saw the corona virus weakened.
“The strength that the virus had two months ago is not the same power it has at the moment,” said Matteo Bassetti, head of the infectious disease clinic at San Martino hospital in Genoa.
“It is clear that today COVID-19 is different.”
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