Bolzano – At the beginning of the session in the state parliament, governor Arno Kompatscher informed members of parliament on the evolution of the pandemic and on the evolution of Covid measures. The state of emergency ended at the end of March and now the unvaccinated will enjoy more freedom again. But the pandemic is not over yet.
Current data shows that the situation has stabilized and there has been no increase even after the easing. The numbers are stable, but at a high level, because there are so many new infections. We must therefore remain cautious, there is also the risk of variants, and the long-term consequences have not yet been studied in depth. The third vaccination was given 30 percent four months ago, now you need to see how long the vaccine protection works. Anyone who has not yet been potentiated should do so, data shows that the third dose works 90 percent before severe courses.
South Tyrol has an Rt value of 0.96 and is below the Italian average. The seven-day incidence is high, but has dropped steadily, now below 700. At the end of the week, the EMA will decide on the fourth dose, which is likely to be recommended for people over 80. The new XE variant, which has been detected in England, is more contagious, but that’s all we know. In South Tyrol it is not proven, here BA2 is dominant with 70 percent. In closed rooms, the mask requirement will probably remain until the end of April. Kompatscher thanked all those in charge of the health sector. There is still a lot to do that has accumulated during the pandemic. The declining number of admissions is useful for this. But the effort is still enormous. Currently the same rules apply in South Tyrol as in the whole national territory, and further easing will be implemented.
Kompatscher suggested that the report should no longer be provided automatically at every meeting, the situation did not provide any reason for this. However, he would be happy to do so on request. President Josef Noggler specified that, according to the decision of the state parliament, today’s report should be the last.
Sven Knoll (Süd-Tiroler Freiheit) asked how long the Green Pass lasts for tourists from other countries. A doctor and a nurse asked him what procedure to follow in order to return to work recovered unvaccinated.
Ulli Mair (Freiheitliche) asked what the situation was like in intensive care wards, if Covid stations were still set up in individual hospitals, how many vaccinations there were currently per day. He also reported cases of a Ukrainian woman who could not obtain a social security number and a teacher who had to pay back her salary due to a suspension.
Josef Unterholzner (Enzian) also asked about the occupation of the intensive care units and if they had already thought about autumn when the infections could increase again.
Franz Ploner (Team K) highlighted the bureaucratic obstacles involved in the Green Pass for Ukrainian refugees.
Andreas Head Reber (Freiheitliche) recalled his motion for a resolution on data transparency, which has not yet been implemented.
Myriam Atz Tammerle (Süd-Tiroler Freiheit) highlighted the contractual obligation for subject fellows: should they return the scholarship if they could not work because they were not vaccinated? She also asked if private doctors could continue to perform corona tests.
Peter Faistnauer (Perspectives for South Tyrol) asked when children and young people can expect the compulsory mask to end at school.
There is a willingness to recognize vaccination certificates across Europe, explained LH Arno Kompatscher, but the time has not yet come. A vaccinated person is currently in intensive care, but the vaccination took place 325 days ago. Italy has a more customer-friendly regulation for the booster than other countries, it does not need a residence permit. With the issue of the green passport it doesn’t always work, the ministry has promised a solution. Accommodation in private and public establishments are published daily on the Internet. The quarantine rules have changed, self-monitoring applies to contacts with positive people, regardless of the vaccination status. This also reduces the need for tests, so the medical service has cut down on conventions. The requirement for masks inside, including schools, is expected to decrease at the end of April. The scholarship must be returned if the training is not completed. According to virologists, an increase in infections should also be expected in the autumn; it is questionable whether, in this case, a booster vaccination will be recommended, with the new vaccines adapted to Omicron. The hope is that the epidemic will become increasingly weak, as is known from other epidemics.