COVID-19: update of the Italian situation

C. Prezioso, V. Pietropaolo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


On the March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic. The first cases in Italy were reported on January 30, 2020, and quickly the number of cases escalated. On March 20, 2020, according to the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT), the peak of COVID-19 cases reported in Italy reached the highest number, surpassing those in China. The Italian government endorsed progressively restrictive measures initially at the local level, and finally, at the national level with a lockdown of the entire Italian territory up to 3 May 2020. The complete Italian territory closing slowed down the contagion. This review retraces the main numbers of the pandemic in Italy. Although in decline, the new reported cases remain high in the northern regions. Since drugs or vaccines are still not available, the described framework highlights the importance of the containment measures to be able to quickly identify all the potential transmission hotspots and keep control subsequent epidemic waves of COVID-19.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)834-837
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of NeuroVirology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020


Dive into the research topics of 'COVID-19: update of the Italian situation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this