Exploration of COVID infection data in Italy: how high really was the first wave?

Official data for the COVID epidemic in Italy are availabe at https://github.com/pcm-dpc. The number of known active cases over time show a first wave of infections over March-June and a second one, much higher, started in October 2020 and still ongoing:

FIGURE 1. Number of known active COVID cases per day in Italy throughout 2020.
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My climbing in 2020

Now that 2020 is almost over, I find myself looking back and taking stock of its ups and downs.
Somehow, this year felt both empty and eventful. Weeks and months seemed to fly and to drag along at the same time. There would be a lot to say about how all aspects of life, but here I will focus on my rock climbing activity throughout the year, which is often a good reflection of my state of mind anyways.

Me on Tyrannos on F14s (22/6c), Umgeni Valley, belayed by Isla. Picture by Iain Rennie.
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The Lebowski Line: a new climbing route on the granite domes of iSithumbe

On September 11th Chris Kleynhans and I finished bolting and free-climbed a new three-pitch route at Old Baldy/Isitumbe which we named “The Lebowski Line”. We propose the South African grades 19 (French 6a+), 14, and 15 for the three pitches, followed by a short scramble that leads to the top (where we placed another set of chains). The route is about 100-m-long and fully bolted. It can be climbed with a single 60-m rope, 12 quickdraws, and some slings and carabiners for the stances.

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