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Coronavirus, 'Lombardy adjusts the data', clash between the Region and the Gimbe Foundation


President Cartabellotta accuses the Region of making magheggi numbers. 'False and offensive the words of President Cartabellotta' according to a note from Pirellone. The president of the foundation insists: 'Lombardy puts all data in the open. Other Regions do it, if healed overestimated Rt goes down '(ANSA)

'Very serious, offensive and above all not true . ' Thus the Lombardy Region comments, in a note, the words of the president of the Gimbe Foundation Nino Cartabellotta who, on Radio 24, speaking of Lombardy, has argued that ' also mixes of numbers are combined'. 'In Lombardy the data are published transparently. Nobody, starting from the ISS, has ever questioned the quality of our work. It is unacceptable to hear such statements which we hope will be corrected by those who pronounce them, 'concludes the note. Shortly after the decision to sue the Foundation. "Regione Lombardia, through its legal department, has decided to file a lawsuit against the Gimbe foundation and its president Nino Cartabellotta": the Region of Lombardy communicates it in a Note explaining that it is "an inevitable act, ours, after what was stated by the president of the foundation who, speaking of the health data of Lombardy, declared, among other things, that 'they combine also some magheggi on the numbers' ". These are "intolerable and unfounded accusations - reads the note - for which the president of Gimbe will have to answer personally. Our data, as per protocol shared by all the Regions, are transmitted daily and with maximum transparency at the Istituto Superiore Sanita '". 

During 24 Morning Radio 24 interviews, to the question of Maria Latella and Simone Spetia if in particular Lombardy is among the Regions that 'adjust the numbers for fear of being stopped', Cartabellotta said: 'the answer is affirmative, also because In Lombardy too many oddities have occurred in the last three months: discharged subjects who were communicated as healed to the Civil Protection and went to feed the so-called healed silos, alternation and delays in the communication and transmission of data that would have been justified in the first phase and very less now. As if there was a need - Cartabellotta said - to keep the number of diagnosed cases below a certain level.

According to an analysis of the Gimbe Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria Foundation, from the epidemiological point of view, they are not ready for the reopening between Regions which are discussed for June 3. "The post lockdown analyzes of the Gimbe foundation show that in these three Regions there is the highest percentage of positive diagnostic swabs and the greatest increase in new cases", reads a note, released after the intervention of the President of Gimbe Nino Cartabellotta to Radio 24, which provoked the clash with the Lombardy Region. To arrive at its conclusions, the Gimbe Foundation assessed three elements in the period 4-27 May: percentage of positive diagnostic swabs, diagnostic swabs per 100 thousand inhabitants, incidence of new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants. Lombardy, Piedmont, Liguria, Puglia and Emilia-Romagna are higher than the national average as regards the percentage of positive diagnostic swabs, but also for the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants: compared to the national average, Lombardy has 96, Liguria 76 and Piedmont 63. "The government - comments Cartabellotta - following the evaluations of the Technical-Scientific Committee will face three possible scenarios: the first, more risky, of reopening mobility throughout the country; second, a reasonable compromise, to maintain the limitations only in the 3 regions most at risk, with the option of allowing mobility between them; the third, more prudent, to prolong the total blockade of interregional mobility, subject to due exceptions current". In the last 20 days Lombardy has had 6% of positive diagnostic swabs, a term that indicates the swabs made for the diagnosis of Sars-Cov-2 and excludes those performed to confirm virological healing or for the need to repeat the test. A "particularly significant" number, together with that of Liguria, equal to 5.8%. Against a national average of 2.4% of positive diagnostic swabs, the other regions that have a higher percentage of the average are Piedmont (with 3.8%), Puglia (3.7%) and l Emilia Romagna (2.7%).

" For some time we have denounced that Lombardy communicates in a single datum discharged and healed, and if the healed are overestimated Rt will go down": says the president of the Gimbe Foundation Nino Cartabellotta after the Lombardy Region's reply to his statements to Radio 24 on 'adjusted data', inviting the Region to make all data available in open format "as other Regions do". "For those discharged, their clinical or virological healing status is unknown and, as 'active cases', they must remain in home isolation," says Cartabellotta. "In addition to the distortion of the national epidemiological picture (Lombardy in some phases of the epidemic reported over 50% of the healed), the Rt index used by the Ministry of Health is conditioned by closed, dead and healed cases. Consequently, if the healed are overestimated, the RT decreases. To this must be added - concludes President Gimbe - the unavailability of deaths on a provincial and municipal basis. Finally, it is impossible to verify the data as for other Regions since they are not available in open format ".

From Lombardy we see an "almost obsessive desire to reopen because it is the economic engine of Italy. But our big concern is that the Lombardy Region will be the one that will come out last from this national tragedy because it is obvious that the political will is not that of to dominate the epidemic, but to start again as soon as possible with all the activities and this does not leave you calm ", said the president of the Gimbe Foundation Nino Cartabellotta, in Mattino 24 the Radio 24 interview, with Maria Latella and Simone Spetia. Lombardy, he added, "probably had a huge spread of the contagion before the case of Codogno and probably the lockdown measures had to be more rigorous and intensive. We had asked for example, the closure of Lombardy as happened in Wuhan, because that level the extent of the infection so high could only be the testimony that the virus was spreading in a widespread way already in February ". This, concluded President Gimbe, "has not been done, a series of non-decisions have been made, such as the failure to close Alzano and Nembro, which led to the uncontrolled spread in the Bergamo area".

Source: ansa

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