According to hospital officials in one of Italy's hardest hit regions, new infections of coronavirus in the country are showing a staggering decline in potency and the virus has become far less lethal. The head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan delivered the encouraging news in an interview with RAI television.
"In reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy," said Alberto Zangrillo.
While lead health officials in Italy's government were calling for continued caution, Zangrillo detailed what doctors on the front lines were seeing in the latest testing.
"The swabs that were performed over the last 10 days showed a viral load in quantitative terms that was absolutely infinitesimal compared to the ones carried out a month or two months ago," he told RAI television.
This information would seem to explain the precipitous drop in infections and fatalities occurring in Italy throughout the month of May. It also corroborates the testimony of Matteo Bassetti, the head of infectious diseases at the San Martino hospital in the northern Italian city of Genoa.
"The strength the virus had two months ago is not the same strength it has today. It is clear that today the COVID-19 disease is different," Bassetti said.
🔦 To date, Italy ranks third in the world for per capita deaths due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.