COVID: ICU occupation rate up 4 points in 7 days – AGENAS

(ANSA) – ROME, MAR 16 – The number of intensive care beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in Italy rose four percentage points to 35% over the last week, the national agency for regional health services (AGENAS) said Tuesday.
    On March 9, the date of the last findings, the percentage was 31%, over the critical threshold of 30% for the first time in months.
    As of March 15, the agency said, some 13 regions (2 more than March 9) were above the 30% threshold: Abruzzo (40%), Emilia Romagna (49%), Friuli Venezia Giulia (40%), Lazio (31%), Lombardy (51%), Marche (57%), Molise (51%), autonomous province of Bolzano (33%), autonomous province of Trento (53%), Piedmont (44%), Puglia (33%), Tuscany (40%) and Umbria (53%).
    Most of Italy is now in lockdown amid a third wave of the coronavirus.
    The rate of occupation of beds in other hospital wards also rose, to 39%, AGENAS said. (ANSA).


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