Seven people have died in Italy of coronavirus infection and more than 220 people have been infected. In all, 12 towns of the country have reported cases of coronavirus. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said that residents in affected towns could face weeks in lockdown.
A team of experts from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have arrived in Italy to study the situation and advise the government.
The objective of this WHO-ECDC team is to cooperate with the administration there to deal with the situation. On Monday, a WHO statement said that its team would provide clinical support in critical areas. It will also help in the mitigation of the virus infection and make people aware of the pandemic.
Coronavirus infection is spreading rapidly in Italy. The symptoms of this virus were noticed first on 21 February. Especially in Lombardy and Veneto City of Italy, the infection is spreading fast.
After the initial investigation, officials said they had received reports of cases of coronavirus infection from several cities in Italy. A statement issued by the WHO said that, apart from China, this infection is spreading rapidly in many other countries.
The spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 infection has been rapid in Italy in the last two weeks, which is a matter of great concern, officials said. Head of Italy’s civil defence department Andrea Borrelli confirmed that the authorities were surprised by how fast the virus spread.
The authorities cut short Venice carnival events for the first time in living memory. All demonstrations and public gatherings, including sports events and church services, are banned as of now. Only close family members of anybody dead are allowed to attend the funeral.
Duomo was closed and no trials could be held in the courthouse.
Coronavirus spread from China has killed a large number of people not only in the country that is the epicentre of the pandemic but also in many other countries. The first death from coronavirus outside China occurred in the Philippines. After this, gradually the pandemic affected several other countries.
Iran is badly affected.
Several people have died on a ship of Japan. Several other deaths have occurred in South Korea from coronavirus. At present, no treatment of the pandemic has been found so far. In China too, the death toll is increasing day by day.