Coronavirus: Italy to close all schools as deaths rise

It is  confirmed that Italy will now  shut its schools, starting from Thursday, and will last for the next 10 days as it struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

A total of 107 people have now been taken by the coronavirus in Italy, which has the most serious outbreak in Europe.

PM Giuseppe Conte said the health service risked being overwhelmed.

More than 3,000 cases are in the north but others have been confirmed in 19 of Italy’s 20 regions.

Globally about 3,200 people have died and more than 90,000 have been infected, the vast majority in China, where the virus started late last year.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has so far stopped short of spreading a pandemic – an epidemic spreading across the world through local transmission – but on Wednesday Germany’s health minister said the coronavirus now met the definition.

The situation is changing very quickly… What’s clear is that we have not yet reached the peak of the outbreak,” Jens Spahn said.

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Confirmed cases have been reported in 81 countries, with Italy, Iran and South Korea emerging as hotspots outside China.

“The situation is changing very quickly… What’s clear is that we have not yet reached the peak of the outbreak,” Jens Spahn said.

Mr Conte called on all Italians to “do their part”.

“We are in the same boat, whoever has the helm has the duty to indicate the route, we must make an extra effort, we must do it together,” he said.

I hoped students would be able to resume classes as soon as possible, said the Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina.

“My commitment is to ensure that the essential public service, albeit from a distance, is provided to all our students,” she said.

Health experts and Italy’s health ministry had been in favour of closing schools,

The Civil Protection Agency said on Wednesday, said that Italy’s death toll from the virus had jumped by 28 to 107 . Most of the deaths have been in the Lombardy region around Milan, and in northern areas near Bologna and Venice.

Earlier measures including the quarantine of 11 towns near Milan with a combined population of 50,000 have failed to stop the spread of infections.

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Italy is now also considering closing cinemas and theaters and banning public events, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a draft government decree.

There has been a decree which tells Italians to avoid hugging and shaking hands as much as possible.

Which other countries have closed school?

Mainland China and Hong Kong, Japan, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates have already closed schools or are about to do so – affecting millions of schoolchildren.

France has also closed about 120 schools in areas with the largest numbers of coronavirus infections.

Both primary and secondary schools have been shut in an area north of Paris where the main cluster of French cases has emerged and where two people who have died of the virus lived.

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        As Compiled By Cyndi Wyndi
        And Edited By Knight Fredel
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WONDER PLANET NEWSPAPER (c) 2020

 

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