Nearly 200 people have died in Italy in last 24 hours from coronavirus. As a result, Rome has ordered all of its Catholic churches closed because of the pandemic. As coronavirus cases rise and worsen, all of Italy is in lockdown. Cases have spread across Italy’s north and down to Rome, leading to a lockdown of the entire country.
Italy, Iran and the United States are still reporting large numbers of new cases every day. With more than 15,000 confirmed cases, Italy has reported the largest outbreak outside of China. But Italy’s nationwide lockdown, the first in Europe, is not a severe ban on movement like the one put in place in Wuhan, China. Italians are still able to move around for work, to buy groceries and other essentials, and for reasons having to do with health, child or senior care.
The first cases of the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in Italy were confirmed on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019. “Italy was the first nation in Europe to be affected so badly,” said Mr Di Maio. “But I hope it also means that Italy is the first one to leave the emergency behind.” However, the death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has jumped in the last 24 hours by 189 to 1,016, a rise of 23 percent.
The number of new cases in Italy had steadily increased for more than a week before dropping on Tuesday. On that day, though, there were still almost 1,000 new cases. Italy’s Health Care System Groans Under Coronavirus. In less than three weeks, the virus has overloaded hospitals in northern Italy, offering a glimpse of what countries face. The virus is placing exceptional strain on Italy’s healthcare system – one of the best in Europe.
Italy is aggressively testing for the virus, which could help explain why its total confirmed cases are higher than some other countries in Europe. On Tuesday, more than 60,000 tests had been performed, more than twice as many tests as the United Kingdom had done. Italy started out testing widely, then narrowed the focus so that now, authorities do not have to process hundreds of thousands of tests. But there’s a trade-off: They can’t see what’s coming and are trying to curb the movements of the country’s entire population of 60 million people to contain the disease.
Two weeks after the first 10 towns in northern Italy were declared a “red zone” and put under lockdown, he said they had no new infections. “Today, the red zone is Italy,” Matteo Renzi, a former prime minister, told The New York Times. But in 10 days, he warned, it will be Madrid, Paris and Berlin. If Italy cannot show how to stop the virus, he said, “the red zone will be Europe.” Countries across the world have grounded flights to Italy or banned entry to Italians or anyone travelling from Italy. Austria and Slovenia are placing restrictions on their borders with Italy.
Italy is now facing its biggest crisis since World War Two. The government has pledged to spend €25bn ($28bn; £22bn) to tackle it – three times more than it estimated it would need just a week ago. The economy is now expected to slide into deep recession. But the foreign minister sounded a note of optimism, with a message to the international community that “Italy will make it and Europe will make it – I’m sure”. And he offered to share the experience and knowledge that the Italian government had built up since the outbreak began with any country that needed it.
The ISS has also noted that a significant proportion of people affected by Covid-19 are under the age of 30 years and that the age group may be a significant focus for transmission prevention measures. Targeting this younger age group may be one strategy used by health officials to combat the spread of the disease and reduce transmission. However, Italy should also focus on the older age group as a high-risk factor, especially for those ages 60 years and older who are more susceptible to Covid-19, and for those with pre-existing health conditions. In Italy, the number of people ages 60 years and older continues to grow annually and accounts for a higher proportion of the total population, compared to the US.