One Small Region in Italy Conducted 24,000 Tests in 2 Hours, Says da Silva

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

 

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Rebecca Couto da Silva from Bolzano, Italy

In Tyrol, Italy -- a small region in the Northeast corner of Italy, to combat the coronavirus, the entire province was tested over a few days.

In just one two hour period, more than 24,000 were tested and 600 positive cases were detected.

In Rhode Island, over the past two days, not counting college students, about 16,000 have been tested.

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Connecticut native Rebecca Couto da Silva joined LIVE from Bolzano, Italy to provide updates from the region. 

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"We are seeing probably the saddest part of the curve that was set into motion until restrictive measures were increased — so we are seeing pretty high deaths, but we are seeing a much better reproduction rate — the measures work," said da Silva. 

"The numbers are coming down. The rate is below 1 in I think four regions in Italy, and there are 20 total — so things are really working," she added. "We are right now doing mass testing — you get the result within 20, 30 minutes."

She spoke to the restrictive measures still in place, however. 

"There’s no restaurants, no retail — so it’s a lot less activity, a lot less indoor activity, no sports basically only running and push-ups," said da Silva. 

"This idea that’s being thrown around now is the idea there’s going to be 10 days available for holiday shopping."

In Tyrol, Italy -- a small region in the Northeast corner of Italy, to combat the coronavirus, the entire province was tested over a few days.

In just one two hour period, more than 24,000 were tested and 600 positive cases were detected.

 

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