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Italy quarantines 50,000 following huge coronavirus outbreak

by LLB Reporter
24th Feb 20 10:11 am

Italian authorities have implemented measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus as 50,000 people have been quarantined.

Police are patrolling 11 towns, mainly in the Lombardy region, anyone caught leaving or entering the outbreak areas face being fined.

Giulio Gallera, the Lombardy health and welfare minister said, “The woman had been admitted to oncology, so was in a very compromised situation and also had coronavirus.”

The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte said, “We have adopted a decree to protect the health of Italians, which is our priority and which ranks first in the list of constitutional values.”

Conte is urging his citizens to “have faith in the political and scientific institutions, which are doing everything possible.”

The number of confirmed cases in Italy has hit 152 people and on Sunday a third person died in the country.

Roberto Burioni, a professor of microbiology and virology at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan, which has also closed, said, “Unfortunately, we haven’t managed to limit the spread of the virus.

“And we need to face the fact that it is spreading quickly. At first, we thought that the virus was only abroad, but now it is also in Italy.

“People should try not to panic but limiting the spread is, in part, down to our behaviour. Those who have been in contact with someone infected must isolate themselves.

“Crowded places should also be avoided, sacrifices need to be made to try to overcome the virus.”

Speaking at an emergency press conference the Italian prime minister said, “We have decided that in the areas identified as decease outbreaks, entry and exit are not allowed unless specific exceptions are permitted assessed on a case-by-case basis.”

Schools and universities will be closed for a week

A resident of one the quarantined towns near Milan told Euronews, “We’re trying to remain calm because in those situations it’s easy to panic.

“We go to buy food supplies because we don’t know if the supermarkets will stay open.

“We hope everything will be fine.”

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