Fears about the spread of the coronavirus in Italy, where 132 cases and three deaths have already been recorded, have caused the Carnival of Venice is canceled and schools close during the next week in Lombardy, Veneto and Piedmont.
The third death occurred today Sunday in the town of Cremona, although it was a person also sick with cancer.
Austria, for its part, has decided to cancel all rail traffic to or from the transalpine country
The president of the Veneto region, Luca Zaia, informed that according to the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, “all public and private events have been canceled and the closure of schools and museums has been arranged until March 1 , including the Carnival of Venice. “
The cVenice’s carnival, one of the most important events in the city of the canals, had started a week ago and was scheduled to conclude next Tuesday.
The decision to cancel public and private events and all school activities had already been taken in the Lombardy region, the most affected with 89 cases.
Equally those infected in Piacenza have increased to nine, in the neighboring region of Emilia Romagna, while there are six positives in Piedmont.
Two more, in this case Chinese tourists, were diagnosed a few days ago in Lazio.
Until now, Civil protection has confirmed the death of two people from this disease in Veneto and Lombardy.
Of the total infected, “54 are admitted to hospitals, 26 in intensive care units and 29 in home isolation,” Borrelli added in a brief appearance before the media to update the data.
The Lombardy region also announced the closure during the next week of all schools, universities and the suspension of public events and commercial activities in which it is the richest area in the country.
Borrelli explained that it has not yet been possible to locate who or who are the so-called “zero patient” who has spread the virus so “it is difficult to predict what the spread will be.”
Apparently, the possibility is analyzed that the origin of the infections is a 38-year-old Italian who at first was believed to have been infected by having dinner with a friend who was in China and returned from this country on January 21 .
However, Vice Minister of Health, Pierpaolo Sileri, confirmed on Saturday that the alleged “zero patient” who would have infected his friend after returning from China never had the virus.
The head of the Italian Civil Protection announced that there are already “thousands of beds” available in dozens of military barracks in Italy in case it is necessary to declare a quarantine.
Borrelli explained that The Army has made available to the authorities 3,412 beds, while the Air Force about 1,750, and contacts are being made to use hotels if necessary.
The municipalities to which the Italian Government has applied a decree that prevents the mobility of its population are Casalpusterlengo, Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and Sanfiorano, in the region of Lombardia and where about 50,000 people live and Vo ‘Euganeo, in Veneto, with 4,000 inhabitants.
In addition to canceling some public events in the Veneto and Lombardy regions, as are all scheduled for Italian Serie A football (Inter-Sampdoria, Atalanta-Sassuolo and Verona-Cagliari), it was also decided to suspend the Torino-Parma match.
For its part, the Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina, decided to suspend all school trips both within Italy and abroad
The mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, announced that he will order to close the schools and that although “he does not want an armored city” measures must be taken.
Already today Sala suspended holding an exam for an opposition in which the assistance of thousands of people was expected.
The number of deaths remains two, the 78-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman who was in Codogno, but who died last February 20 at his home due to respiratory complications, although he tested positive for the virus in a test conducted after his death.