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Coronavirus:Whats The Situation Worldwide Especially In Italy

What is the situation in Italy?

Italy shut down most businesses and banned public gatherings nationwide on 12 March as it tried to halt the spread of the virus.

Bars, restaurants and most shops have closed, as have schools and universities.

The lockdown has been extended, and Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has said it has helped prevent "the collapse of the system".


A priest celebrates funeral service without relatives inside the cemetery of Zogno, near Bergamo, northern Italy, on March 21, 2020

There has been a slight slowdown in the rate of infection for a third day in a row. But at more than 600 deaths a day, it is far from bringing the pandemic under control.

Italy has 69,176 people with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus.

But the number infected could be far higher. Angelo Borrelli, Italy's civil protection chief, told newspaper La Repubblica on Tuesday it was "credible" to estimate the numbers are 10 times higher in reality.

"In the next few hours… we will see if the growth curve is really flattening," he told the paper.

What is the situation worldwide?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the coronavirus disease pandemic is "accelerating", with more than 300,000 cases now confirmed.

It took 67 days from the first reported of Covid-19 to reach 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000, and just four days for the third 100,000.

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But WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said it was still possible to "change the trajectory".

He urged countries to adopt rigorous testing and contact-tracing strategies.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday night that, with immediate effect, "people will only be allowed to leave their home...for very limited purposes". The number of people who have died in the UK rose to 335 on Monday.

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Angelo Borrelli Giuseppe Conte Italy La Repubblica Rome

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