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Over 1,000 people dead in 12 days as Italy shut shops and bars

by LLB Reporter
12th Mar 20 3:04 pm

The Italian government have announced they are to close all shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and non-essential company departments will close.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte further said food shops and pharmacies will remain open.

12 days ago, Italy had just 34 deaths, now the country has a death toll of 1,016up  from 827 on Wednesday, with more than 15,000 confirmed cases across the country, with almost 900 people are in intensive care wards.

Coronavirus is spreading so fast and with thousands now infected doctors are being forced to decide on who lives and who dies as there are very limited numbers of beds in the intensive care units.

Dr Daniele Macchini who is at the heart of the coronavirus outbreak has spoken out and has said the virus is a “tsunami that has swept us all.”

Dr Macchini said, “After thinking for a long time if and what to write about what is happening to us, I felt that the silence was not at all responsible.”

He admitted “the need not to create panic” however, “the message of the danger of what is happening” is not reaching people.

Leading scientists have compared the UK to Italy, it is looking more likely the UK are on the same trajectory and have compared the rate of coronavirus infections to that of Italy.

Scientists have said the UK could be similar to how Italy currently is within two weeks. On Monday evening the Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, ordered 60m people to stay at home and must get permission for essential travel.

Professor Giacomo Grasselli a senior Italian government health official said on Tuesday coronavirus outbreak “was like a bomb that exploded” and warned, the virus spreads “very quickly, like a fire.”

Professor Grasselli, who is coordinating the network of intensive care units in Lombardy, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, “What happened to us is like a bomb that exploded.

“The only way to win this battle is to change the behaviour of the people, they have to stay at home, they have to avoid crowded places, they have to wash their hands.”

Adding, “I would be very careful in this period because it spreads very quickly, it’s like a fire.”

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