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The entire of Italy has been on lockdown for nearly two weeks

The variety of individuals dying from coronavirus in Italy has risen by 475 in sooner or later to almost three,000 – the largest improve for the reason that outbreak.

There are a complete of 35,713 confirmed circumstances within the nation, with greater than four,000 having efficiently recovered.

Lombardy, the worst-hit area, recorded 319 deaths in sooner or later.

Italy is the world’s worst affected nation after China, the place the virus originated final 12 months. No less than eight,758 individuals have died, most in China.

The overwhelming majority of the greater than 200,000 confirmed circumstances – 80% – have occurred in Europe and the Western Pacific area, which incorporates a lot of Asia, the World Well being Group (WHO) says.

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Many international locations have taken drastic measures, together with social distancing and cancelling main occasions to assist gradual transmission and cut back stress on the well being programs.

“However to suppress and management epidemics, international locations should isolate, check, deal with and hint,” the WHO chief stated on Wednesday.

Italy has been on lockdown for nearly two weeks as authorities attempt to halt the progress of the virus.

Folks have been requested to remain indoors – however the variety of deaths has continued to spiral.

The WHO’s emergencies director, Mike Ryan, stated this was in all probability because of the “astonishing” variety of circumstances inside the well being programs, in addition to the excessive variety of aged individuals within the inhabitants at massive.

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Dr Tedros hailed the start of the primary vaccine trial so quickly after the emergence of the virus as “an unbelievable achievement”.

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“The primary vaccine trial has begun, simply 60 days after the genetic sequence of the #coronavirus was shared. That is an unbelievable achievement.
We commend the researchers world wide who’ve come collectively to systemically consider experimental therapeutics”[email protected] #COVID19

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How unhealthy is the scenario in the remainder of Europe?

Spain now has 598 lifeless and 13,716 infections. An inquiry is to be launched into the deaths of no less than 17 residents of a nursing dwelling in Madrid, the place dozens of circumstances of Covid-19 have been reported.

In France, the variety of confirmed circumstances grew by greater than 16% on Tuesday, reaching 7,730, whereas the demise toll rose to 175, with 7% of the lifeless aged below 65.

Within the UK, the variety of lifeless has reached 104.

Germany has 12 deaths and eight,198 circumstances. Chancellor Angela Merkel is to make the weird step of talking to the nation in a TV tackle in a while Wednesday. She isn’t anticipated to announce new measures, however reasonably attraction to residents to assist battle the virus.

Belgium has 14 deaths and 1,486 circumstances.

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What’s occurring throughout Europe’s borders?

Travellers from exterior the EU are being turned away from airports and borders after the 27-country bloc imposed a 30-day ban to halt the unfold of coronavirus.

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EU leaders agreed that inner borders which have been erected in latest days ought to come down.

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The ban won’t have an effect on Europeans going dwelling or cross-border employees.

UK residents are additionally not affected by it as a result of an interim Brexit deal nonetheless ties the UK to EU guidelines.

The ban particularly covers all EU states in addition to international locations inside the Schengen border-free zone, together with Iceland, Switzerland, Norway and Liechtenstein.

All residents shall be given assist returning dwelling, and Germany has stated it’ll proceed a drive to fly dwelling tens of hundreds of vacationers stranded overseas, from Morocco and Egypt to the Philippines and Argentina.

In lots of international locations, individuals have been urged to remain at dwelling as a lot as doable and solely important journey is allowed.

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