Reportedly, Italy is shutting down all the schools nationwide to help curb the latest threat of growing coronavirus epidemic. It’s been officially revealed that more than 3,000 cases of coronavirus reported and more than 100 is the death toll.
For two weeks, Italy is shutting down its schools as the government works to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that has hit the European country particularly hard.
It has been said by the officials that the new coronavirus has infected more than 3,000 people and killed at least 107 in the country as of Tuesday. As a result, all schools, universities, and day cares will be shut starting Thursday and will remain closed until at least March 15.
Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte said in a statement on Wednesday.
“It is a prudent decision to contain the virus because we have a health-care system at risk of being overloaded”.
In month of February, Italy had already imposed similar measures in the northern part of the country, and the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and cities like Milan and Venice are basically under lockdown because of travel restrictions.
This new directive also expands the school closures nationwide and affects about 8.7 million students, according to Bloomberg. The Italian government has also banned fans from attending sporting events and some fashion shows.
Italy is the first country in Europe to take such sweeping measures, though France has closed around 120 schools in the most heavily affected areas of that country, the Guardian reports.
But many places in East Asia have already taken similar steps: Japan has closed schools for roughly a month, until early April; Hong Kong schools have been shut for weeks and won’t reopen until late April. China, too, has shuttered schools and deployed an online learning curriculum instead.
So far, children don’t seem to be particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus, at least relative to other demographics. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “There is no evidence that children are more susceptible. In fact, most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults.” (Covid-19 is the formal name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.)
But Covid-19 risk increases with age or with underlying medical conditions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), with those 80 or older with the highest mortality rates, according to the available data from the WHO. Italy, in particular, has a large elderly population, which makes the country particularly vulnerable.