Italy: WHO retests patient samples from September 2019 that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 RBD-specific antibodies

Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been retested at the World Health Organization’s request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.  “The WHO asked us if we could share the biological material and if we could re-run the tests in an independent laboratory. We accepted,” Giovanni Apolone, scientific director of one of the lead institutions, the Milan Cancer Institute (INT), said.

The original Italian study was titled “Unexpected detection of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in the prepandemic period in Italy

From that study: “SARS-CoV-2 RBD-specific antibodies were detected in 111 of 959 (11.6%) individuals, starting from September 2019 (14%), with a cluster of positive cases (>30%) in the second week of February 2020 and the highest number (53.2%) in Lombardy.” report


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Italy: Augusta Turiaco, 55yr old music teacher from Messina, died two weeks after AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccination

55-year-old Augusta Turiaco, from Messina, Sicily, received her COVID jab on 11 March before her condition worsened in the days following her vaccination. The music teacher was keen to receive a jab as she worked with young people and even expressed her joy at getting the dose in a Facebook post, writing “fatto” – the Italian word for “done”.

Sky News report


See also “Hippocratic Oath” on Wikipedia

It is often said that the exact phrase “First do no harm” (Latin: Primum non nocere) is a part of the original Hippocratic oath. Although the phrase does not appear in the AD 245 version of the oath, similar intentions are vowed by, “I will abstain from all intentional wrong-doing and harm”. The phrase primum non nocere is believed to date from the 17th century.

Another equivalent phrase is found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school: “Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient”.


Italy: 75yr old Francesca Vizzini dies following AstraZeneca vaccination

“The causes of the death of Francesca Paola Vizzini, 75, who died on Sunday after the 118 doctors had tried in vain to revive her, are all to be clarified. His family presented a complaint to the carabinieri of the Uditore station and the Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation, also arranging an autopsy, which was performed today.

Although the woman, as reported by her relatives, had received the Astrazeneca vaccine last Tuesday at the Fair, the deputy prosecutor Ennio Petrigni and the deputy Claudio Camilleri, who coordinate the investigation, have not yet involved the special task force. regional deputy to study hypothetical links between deaths and vaccines and this precisely because at the moment it is not known exactly what caused the death of the old woman, a fact that will have to be clarified by the autopsy.

The woman, who allegedly suffered from hypertension, had received the Astrazeneca vaccine last Tuesday and allegedly experienced the normal symptoms of fatigue and arm pain expected in these cases. In the evening she would also have a sense of nausea and her sister would have given her something against vomiting. A home cure that would have given its effects.

Subsequently, Vizzini would also have had a fever and, even in this case, she would have been given Tachipirina at home. On Saturday 10th, 118 would have been called for the first time, but the lady would have refused to go to the doctor or to the hospital. During the night she allegedly suffered abdominal pain and when an ambulance was called again on Sunday morning, attempts to revive her had proved futile. ” report


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Italian study: 66.6% of children of had at least one persisting #coronavirus symptom between 60 & 120 days after infection (13 had one or two symptoms, 7 had three or more)

Twenty out of 30 children (66.6%) assessed between 60 and 120 days after initial COVID-19 had at least one persisting symptom (13 had one or two symptoms, 7 had three or more); 35 of 68 children (27.1%) had at least one symptom 120 days or more after diagnosis (21 had one or two symptoms, 14 had three or more). 29 out of the 68 (42.6%) children assessed >120 days days from diagnosis were still distressed by these symptoms. Preliminary Evidence on Long Covid in children



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Italy: #coronavirus lockdown extended for another month but schools REOPEN in red zones

Italy in lockdown for another month

Until April 30th no region or province can return to the yellow zone . There will be only red or orange areas

Kindergartens, elementary and middle school open also in the red zone after Easter.

The ban on movement between regions also extended. It will be possible to cross borders only for “proven needs”- reasons of work, health and urgency,

Bars and restaurants will remain closed – with only take-out and home delivery allowed

The new cases recorded yesterday in Italy were 23,839 with 380 deaths. report


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Italy: domestic cat diagnosed with B.1.1.7 UK variant of #coronavirus

The laboratories of Experimental zooprophylactic institute of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta they identified the first case of English variant of Sars-CoV-2 in a cat.

From bibliography the first report at national level. It is a castrated male cat of European breed, eight years, who lives in Novarese in a domestic context.

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Maria Assunta, Italian journalist suffers from ischemia after AstraZeneca #coronavirus vaccine ABV2856

Maria Assunta underwent her first AstraZeneca vaccination on Wednesday 10 March. In the hours immediately following the administration, she began to experience the first complaints attributable to side effects: high fever up to 39.5, nausea, dizziness and muscle aches, as well as a very strong migraine. Unfortunately, however, the symptoms worsened over the hours. Maria Assunta began to experience more serious effects, such as a sudden stutter, a phenomenon that never occurred in her life.

At that point, the journalist, who serves as a teacher in Bergamo, Italy, immediately went to the emergency room of the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital, where the medical staff gave her first aid. Her blood pressure had risen dangerously, reaching 160 roughly. “When we managed to contact her – writes the local newspaper – she confirmed that unfortunately the dose and AstraZeneca vaccine administered to her belonged exactly to that series, to that lot, the ABV2856. The same one seized in recent days, after the death of the two Sicilian people who had received it a few minutes earlier ”.

Following the episode, Maria Assunta filed a complaint. The doctors diagnosed her with an ischemic episode and the woman is currently hospitalized at the Lombard hospital. The causal link with the intake of the first dose of vaccine obviously has to be demonstrated. Her story is added to that of others who have received a dose belonging to the lot which was then seized throughout Italy. The woman will now undergo an angioresonance to understand if more serious and alarming damage has occurred.

Teleclubitalia.IT report


Wikipedia: Ischemia or ischaemia is a restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen that is needed for cellular metabolism (to keep tissue alive).[3] Ischemia is generally caused by problems with blood vessels, with resultant damage to or dysfunction of tissue. It also means local anemia in a given part of a body sometimes resulting from constriction (such as vasoconstriction, thrombosis or embolism). Ischemia comprises not only insufficiency of oxygen, but also reduced availability of nutrients and inadequate removal of metabolic wastes. Ischemia can be partial (poor perfusion) or total.

Italy: Class action lawsuit started for Astrazeneca #coronavirus vaccine side-effects

” For days we have been receiving complaints from citizens who have undergone the Astrazeneca vaccination and report problems, in some cases even serious, arising after the administration of the vials” say Codacons [lawyers]

“Obviously, the authorities responsible for evaluating a possible causal link will have to be between vaccinations and serious adverse reactions, but what is certain is that, if errors or anomalies regarding the vaccine are ascertained, those responsible will have to compensate citizens for the damage caused on the health front and for the risks made to users “. report


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Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand suspend Astrazeneca vaccinations

Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Indonesia & Thailand have suspended AstraZeneca vaccinations over blood clot fears.

Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Lithuania have suspended vaccinations with some Astrazeneca batches, notably ABV5811 ABV2856 and ABV5300

ABV5300 was delivered to 17 European countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden – and in total comprises one million doses.

Update: Spain has also suspended use of the vaccine for 15 days as a precaution. This was decided by the inter-territorial council of the Spanish Health. report


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Giuseppe Maniscalco, Italian Carabiniere , 54, dies two days after vaccination with Astrazenica #coronavirus vaccine

“Marshal Giuseppe Maniscalco died of a heart attack over 48 hours after the administration of the vaccine. At present there is no evidence from which to infer that the heart attack was caused by the vaccine, but other histological investigations are in progress” the acting prosecutor of Trapani, Maurizio Agnello, reported to Ansa.

The prosecutor of Trapani confirmed this morning that the marshal was given an AstraZeneca dose of the lot blocked yesterday by Aifa [batch ABV2856].

However, it will take 60 days to know the results of the histological examinations carried out on the corpse.”

La Sicilia Report


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Italian professor and musician Sandro Tognatti dies after vaccination with the Astrazeneca #coronavirus vaccine

The 57-year-old musician Sandro Tognatti is the teacher who was given the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday and whose death took place on Sunday 14 March in Biella. report


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Italy’s Piedmont region has lifted a blanket ban on the AstraZeneca vaccine and instead limited the ban to the batch used to inoculate a man who later died. The northern region at first blocked all further use of the Astrazeneca vaccine while it established which batch was involved in the death of the man, a 58-year-old teacher [Sandro Tognatti].  It then limited the moratorium to the batch from which he was vaccinated, number ABV5811. report

Autopsy today on the body of the soldier Stefano Paternò who died after #coronavirus vaccination

An autopsy on the body of Stefano Paternò, the 43-year-old non-commissioned officer of the Navy, serving in Augusta and residing in Misterbianco, who died a few hours after the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, will be performed this afternoon at the Cannizzaro hospital in Catania.

For the Prosecutor of Syracuse, which is investigating for manslaughter, there will be a pool of experts. The Prosecutor Sabrina Gambino and the deputy Gaetano Bono, who coordinated the investigation, yesterday afternoon appointed the coroner Giuseppe Ragazzi, the hematologist expert in thrombosis Marco Marietta, the specialist in medical toxicology Nunziata Barbera and the specialist in infectious diseases Carmelo Iacobello . The military’s family will also appoint experts. There are four people under investigation for manslaughter. Report




Investigation into the death of Italian policeman Davide Villa after #coronavirus vaccination

The investigation into the death of Davide Villa, the Catania anti-crime policeman who died on 7 March, 12 days after the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, passes to the Messina Prosecutor’s Office.  The urgent investigations were initiated by the Etna prosecutors who yesterday however sent the file to colleagues in Messina. Villa began to feel ill the day after the dose was injected. His condition worsened until his death. In the emergency room he was diagnosed with a thrombosis which would later cause a brain haemorrhage. The investigation into the death, now coordinated by the prosecutor Maurizio de Lucia, was opened on the initiative of the prosecutors of Etna. report



Rome and Milan move into #coronavirus Red Zone in Italy

Italy’s capital Rome and its financial centre Milan will have curbs on business and movement intensified from Monday as the government ramps up its efforts to stem a steady rise in coronavirus cases.

Reuters report


UPDATE from Il Giorno

In the red areas , the suspension of teaching activities in presence in schools of all levels, is foreseen including kindergartens, elementary and middle schools, . The possibility of carrying out face-to-face activities for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs remains guaranteed. And therefore in Lombardy, which in the strengthened orange zone had closed everything except the nests, from Monday 15 March even the little ones from zero to three years will be at home.



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