MILAN (AP) – The virus swept through a preschool and an adjacent elementary school in the Milan suburb of Bollate with incredible speed. In just a few days, 45 children and 14 staff tested positive.
The genetic analysis confirmed what officials already suspected: The highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in England was roaming the community, a densely populated town of nearly 40,000 with a chemicals factory and a tire factory Pirelli bike ride 15 minutes drive from the heart of Milan. .
“It shows that the virus has some kind of intelligence. … We can lift all the barriers in the world and imagine that they work, but in the end, it adapts and penetrates them, ” lamented the mayor of Bollate, Francesco Vassallo.
Bollate was the first city in Lombardy, the northern region that was the epicenter of each of Italy’s three surges, to be isolated from its neighbors due to virus variants that the World Health Organization says are fueling a further rise in infections across Europe. Variants also include versions first identified in South Africa and Brazil.
Europe recorded 1 million new cases of COVID-19 last week, a 9% increase from the previous week and a reversal that ended a six-week drop in new infections, said Thursday the ‘WHO.
“The spread of variants leads to the increase, but not …
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