Good morning everyone on Tuesday 30th March. It's a beautiful spring day in Italy with the country bathed in sunshine and temperatures on the up.
Thankfully heading in the opposite direction, albeit only slightly, are the latest Coronavirus figures. Yesterday in Italy there were 12,916 new cases of Covid-19, a reduction of about 900 compared to the previous Monday. We've been seeing these comparative decreases consistently for around 10 days now and this latest one is quite encouraging as the previous few days had shown a slightly concerning levelling-off.
If we put everything we know together and try to predict what will happen next, it should follow that those numbers of new cases decline at a gradually-increasing rate with the warmer weather and more people being vaccinated every day. The number of daily vaccinations at the moment is around the 250,000 mark but promised to double soon. In total so far, there have been just under ten million vaccinations carried out in Italy with around three million people having received both jabs.
One hugely important and significant vaccinee this morning was Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi who was given the AstraZeneca jab. This should go some way towards repairing the unnecessary damage done to the reputation of the vaccine after its recent suspension in various EU countries.
As I alluded to at the top of the page, the weather really has started to improve after last week's unseasonal cold-snap. Every part of the country is covered by a sunshine icon on the weather maps today with Florence reaching as high as 25° Celsius. Could this uptick in temperatures be the nuclear weapon that drives those virus figures down? It just might you know. Let's see how it pans out.
I'll leave you for the day with some photos of the beautiful island of Pantelleria. It belongs to Sicily and is one of the most remote islands in Italy. The highlight of Pantelleria is the beautiful Specchio di Venere, the Mirror of Venus.
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My name is Dion Protani, founder of Italy Review. The Italy Review blog is designed to provide ideas and inspiration to visit places in Italy you might not have heard about, as well those you have.