Tuesday, March 10, 2020

All of Italy Placed in Lockdown

Cases outside China are multiplying:

And Italy is no exception. The number of Covid-19 cases rise unabated:

As at Monday, March 09, 2020

Yesterday, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte (right) decided to extend measures to tackle Covid-19 across the whole country, telling people to “stay at home”, banning all public gatherings and shutting down schools and universities. People would only be permitted to travel for work or family emergencies. 

He said the measures, which come into effect today were to defend the most fragile members of society. 

Already, an AFP count showed Italy with more than half of the 862 deaths reported outside China as of Monday night. 

But it was not immediately clear how all these measures will be imposed. 

Even as Conte made the announcement on television, riots broke out in 22 prisons around the country. And all because visitors were banned. 

In northern Italy which is supposed to be in lockdown since Sunday, trains and flights reportedly continued to operate into and out of Milan on Monday. 

The situation there will escalate and deteriorate, if the Italians don't take Covid-19 seriously. 

In Malaysia, there is some good news.

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (left), the Health Ministry director-general said the absence of sporadic Covid-19 cases in the community from samples taken by the Health Ministry since February 12, indicates it has not gone into the community. 

All the cases which tested positive in Malaysia had a travel history to Covid-19 affected countries and close contact with previous patients. 

The said ministry has been carrying out Covid-19 surveillance to identify sporadic cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in Malaysia. 

Dr Noor Hisham: "Up to Monday, 574 samples have been taken from those patients and none of the samples tested positive for Covid-19”. 

Syabas, the Health Ministry has really done an excellent job! 

For any information on Covid-19 and whether one needs screening, the public can call the national CPRC infoline at 03-8881 0200/ 03-8881 0600/ 03-8881 0700.

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