Italy’s government will announce it will temporarily close the nation’s schools and universities due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to local media and a Reuters source, with the country’s education minister saying a final decision has not yet been made.
State-run RAI, the ANSA and LaPresse news agencies reported that Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte had agreed on the closure during a cabinet meeting. But Education Minister Lucia Azzolina told reporters that nothing is final yet and a decision will be made in the next few hours.
The closure would be in effect from Thursday and will last until mid-March, and comes as authorities struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Earlier on Wednesday, Italy had the dubious honor of being the worst-affected country from the coronavirus outside Asia, having overtaken Iran in terms of the number of deaths and infections from the virus.
The loss of life toll in Italy jumped to 79 on Tuesday, up from an respectableoverall of fifty two on Monday. As of Wednesday morning, there are 2,502 cases of the virus in Italy, in step with Italian media reviews that are up to datebeforehand of the day by dayreliable count, published through Italy’s Civil Protection Agency every evening.
Italy’s coronavirus numbers had exceeded Iran’s respectablecontamination count till the Islamic Republic launched its modern dayreputableinfection and death count. On Wednesday, it announced that 92 human beings had died from the coronavirus and 2,922 had been infected. There is hypothesis over the accuracy of Iran’s tally of the epidemic.
The outbreak of the coronavirus has centered on Italy’s rich northern areas of Lombardy (with 1,520 instances), Veneto (307 instances) and Emilia-Romagna (420 instances). But it has spread at some point of the us of a and now only one out of Italy’s 20 areas, Valle D’Aosta, is but to record a case.
Italy’s fitness authorities said Tuesday they willset upa brand new quarantine location, a so-called “purple zone,” to try toinclude the coronavirus outbreak, Reuters reported.
“None of us may becertainapproximately the future evolution of the disease. This is an vital week to understand what is going to happen,” Angelo Borrelli, head of the Civil Protection Agency, informed a informationconvention Tuesday. A new quarantined locationmay be declared round the city of Bergamo, northeast of Milan, to try and stem a sharp upward thrust in instances there.