In Italy, infections are slowing down : on Monday the increase in patients was 16% (258 more cases) compared to the 50% increase recorded the day before. Furthermore, of these, 50% are asymptomatic (or with mild symptoms) and in home isolation, 40% are hospitalized with symptoms and only 10% in intensive care. "A comforting figure" says Commissioner Angelo Borrelli underlining that this is a percentage that follows the overall figure: out of 1,835 patients, 927 are in isolation in their home, 742 hospitalized with symptoms and 166 in intensive care. 149 have recovered, 52 have died.
In the meantime , Rai announces that a case of coronavirus positivity has been found among the Company's employees . The employee, who tested positive for the first swab and is currently hospitalized in Spallanzani hospital in good condition, has been away in the yellow zone and has not had access to company facilities in the last ten days.
In Prato, the first positive suspected case of coronavirus is pending validation of the ISS. It is a young Italian woman who returned to Tuscany after a few days in Lombardy: she would have been in Bergamo. The woman is hospitalized in the infectious diseases department of the Prato hospital: her general health conditions are defined as good. With this, the number of cases in Tuscany rises to 14, of which five are validated by the ISS, the others pending. Yesterday first victim in the Marche region, an 88 year old from Fano.
The second patient infected with the coronavirus in the Marche died at the hospital in Pesaro (Ao Marche Nord) last night. It is a 60 year old with previous pathology. Yesterday 26 positive swabs were detected, one, for the first time in Area Vasta 3 (Macerata), which comes from the areas at risk. The overall positive cases in the Marche region therefore rose to 61.
A teacher from the comprehensive Don Bosco-D'Assisi institute in Torre del Greco (Naples) tested positive for the coronavirus swab and the mayor closed the school. The woman residing in Striano would have tested positive for Cotugno tests. The first citizen, Giovanni Palomba, suspended teaching activities in the two reference complexes until 6 March 2020.
The mayors of Aradeo, Galatina and Nardò in Salento have today ordered the closure of the schools to ensure the sanitation of the rooms. This is a measure that follows the case of coronavirus positivity ascertained on a 58-year-old Aradeo hospitalized at the Galatina hospital. From what is learned the man would have had business contacts in Lombardy, in Milan, from where he would have recently returned. The closure of the schools in Nardò derives from the fact that a 58-year-old family member attends an educational institution. Even the mayor of Galatone, a municipality bordering Galatina and Aradeo, has ordered the closure today and tomorrow and the sanitation of schools of all levels.
A teacher from Agropoli (Salerno) tested positive for the coronavirus and the mayor closed the school. The woman, a 57-year-old mathematics teacher residing in the Cilento town, where she teaches at the "Alfonso Gatto" high school, had gone to Parma with her relatives during the carnival holidays and had not returned to school yesterday morning due to a sudden fever. Subjected to the swab first at the Vallo della Lucania hospital, the positivity had been confirmed by Cotugno of Naples. The results of the counteranalysis ordered by Spallanzani of Rome are now awaited. According to the reconstruction of the movements of the teacher, the woman would have had no contact with the students of the high school, but waiting to clearly reconstruct her movements and exclude contacts with teachers and students, the first citizen of Agropoli, Adamo Coppola, arranged the closure of high school for the days of today and tomorrow.
The number of coronavirus-infected in Puglia rises to seven . Regional health sources confirm this to ANSA. The Policlinico di Bari, regional reference center, has identified the positivity of the virus also by the wife of the 29 year old soldier from Bari hospitalized since last Saturday in the infectious diseases department after returning from Lombardy, where he works. The woman, who from the first information would work in Bergamo airport, is in house isolation. The 29 year old would have returned to Bari on a Ryanair flight.
The latest Civil Protection bulletin confirms what the experts have been repeating for days and which yesterday also stressed the president of the ISS Silvio Brusaferro: the next few days will be fundamental to understand if the measures taken are truly capable of stopping the infection or whether vice versa, new and even more stringent ones will be needed .
In Rome and its province, where a policeman has tested positive, there are currently 12 cases of Coronavirus ascertained. From Spallanzani's latest data there are 7 hospitalized: the Chinese couple now recovered, a policeman hospitalized yesterday, the Fiumicino family (mother, father and a daughter) and a last case with a Venetian epidemiological link. To this must be added the family unit of the hospitalized policeman (wife, two children and sister-in-law), all positive and in health surveillance at home, and a positive fireman at the test and surveillance in the Capannelle barracks.
"98 people were recalled who had access to the Tor Vergata emergency room on 26 and 27 February and who potentially came into contact with the police officer who had gone to the emergency room and was now hospitalized at Spallanzani: of these 15 they are symptomatic and will have to be evaluated clinically and eventually they will be subjected to the test for COVID-19 ", reads a note from the Department of Health and Social and Health Integration of the Lazio Region. "There are 6 first aid health workers, a police officer and two surveillance operators on duty at the hospital placed in home health surveillance, all asymptomatic - the note continues - The appeal is repeated, in the presence of symptoms and an epidemiological link, not to go to the emergency room, but to call the toll-free number 800.118.800 ".
The first cases of infection are also in Molise - a 60-year-old woman - in Sardinia, Basilicata and Trentino . A victim in the Marche region : an 88-year-old man with past illnesses.
All the coronavirus tests that the members of the junta of the Lombardy Region have undergone are negative , carried out after the positivity of the Councilor for Economic Development Alessandro Mattinzoli. This was communicated by the Welfare Councilor Giulio Gallera. "I am resting and I am absolutely calm", reassured Mattinzoli.
Schools also closed in Piedmont until 8 March . Meanwhile, the Chamber of Deputies makes it known that those who access the Palace will carry out temperature checks.
He reopened the Milan Cathedral and reopened the church of San Luigi dei Francese in Rome on Wednesday, after excluding the farmer of a priest in France.
If it is necessary to find structures to deal with the emergency, the Defense has declared that about 80 barracks are already available throughout the national territory , for a total of 6,600 beds.
Meanwhile, the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella has signed the decree-law on 'Urgent support measures for families, workers and businesses related to the epidemiological emergency from COVID-2019'. The decree, which contains the first economic support measures for families and businesses in the red zone, and a first aid package for tourism, has already been published in the Official Journal and, therefore, is in force.
The new key word in the emergency coronavirus is now "droplet". The English term can be translated literally with "droplet" but in reality it indicates the criterion of keeping at the right distance so that the "saliva droplets" that we disperse in the air, sneezing and coughing, but also just speaking, do not reach the others.
For the WHO, however, it is not yet a pandemic . "Containing Covid19 is feasible and must remain the top priority for all countries. With early and aggressive measures, transmission can be stopped," said director general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. "We are monitoring the situation every moment of every day and analyzing the data - he added -. WHO will not hesitate to describe this coronavirus as a pandemic if this is what the data will suggest."
Meanwhile, the EU Commission has presented the 'Corona response team', a task force to deal with the emergence of the coronavirus . The team includes the European commissioners Paolo Gentiloni (Economy); Janez Lenarcic (Crisis Management); Ylva Johansson (Interior); Stella Kyriakides (Health); and Adina Valean (Transportation).
The vaccine and treatment to treat coronavirus may be available in late summer, early autumn , said American Vice President Mike Pence, who coordinates the US government's response to the emergency. Pence has made it known that in the next 12 hours the United States will implement 100% of the checks on all direct flights arriving from Italy and South Korea.
The UN has provided WHO and Unicef with US $ 15 million for essential activities including monitoring the spread of the virus, case studies and the operation of national laboratories.
The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) and the Scientific Department of the Celio Military Polyclinic in Rome have sequenced the entire genomes of the SarS-Cov-2 virus isolated from the Chinese patient and one from Codogno. Sequencing allows to know the entire genetic code of the virus and to follow its changes in time and space. This is useful for knowing and following outbreaks and for investigating the structure of the virus itself.
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China has registered an additional 125 new coronavirus cases , hitting the lowest level in the past 6 weeks, and 31 additional deaths, all concentrated in the province epicenter of the Hubei epidemic. The National Health Commission (NHC) brought the total number of deaths to 2,943 and total infections to 80,151. The cases of contagion have followed a downward trend in the last few days, although the 11 cases reported today outside Hubei represent the highest level of the last 5 days.
In the Asian country there are seven other cases of "return infection" from Italy , increasing fears of recontamination of the country from which the epidemic started. Of the 11 new coronavirus infections outside Hubei, seven are related to Zhejiang, the National Health Commission said. They are Chinese citizens who returned from Italy last week who, according to the Cgtn state network, worked in the same restaurant in Bergamo and had close contacts with the first woman who returned on February 28 and was positive.
MotoGp, also postponed Thailand - The Thailand Motorcycle Grand Prix scheduled for March 22 has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, announced the Thai vice premier Anutin Charnvirakul. "We must first focus on the pandemic. We must postpone the race until further notice - said Anutin, who is also Minister of Health -." It is in the interest of the country and of the participants. "The announcement comes the day after the cancellation of the Qatar GP, first race of the season, to be held on March 8. Several other motorsport events have already been canceled or postponed due to Covid-19, including the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai and a Formula E championship event scheduled for March 21 in Sanya, on the Chinese island of Hainan.
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