NEWS
Wednesday March 4 2020
Schools shut as Coronavirus spreads

As the cases of Coronavirus in Italy climb to 3,089 – with 107 deaths – the Government announces that schools and universities are shut until at least March 15.

A press conference held this evening confirmed the latest statistics, which have in total 3,089 cases testing positive for Coronavirus.

That includes 107 deaths, an increase of 28 over the last 24 hours and 55 over the last 48 hours, 2,706 currently suffering from the illness and 276 who have fully recovered.

This gives Italy a mortality rate of 3.47% at this moment.

At the same time, the Government announced that Italy will close all schools and universities until at least March 15 to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

All sporting events will be played behind closed doors or suspended during the same period.

This could be extended, because the original recommendation from the scientific community was to close schools, stadiums and other public events for 30 days.

“The Coronavirus thrives in crowded areas,” Roberto Burioni, Professor of Microbiology and Virology, told Radio 24.

“I love football too, but at this moment we cannot hold sporting events with large groups of people, no matter what the sport. I realise football is important to people, but we are closing schools and that is more important.

“The contagion is spreading, but that is to be expected, because these cases are the result of behaviour when we still didn’t know the virus was in Italy.

“We now have to wait and see if these preventative measures take effect. We’ll only really see the effects of the contagion in a few days.”

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