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Italy's government orders all shops, bars and restaurants to close - MW

The Italian government ordered all shops, bars and restaurants across the country to close after the country's death due to the coronavirus epidemic increased 31% within 24 hours to a total of 827.

As governments across Europe canceled events, closed schools and imposed a travel ban and the World Health Organization officially declared a pandemic, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: all stores will close stores selling basic necessities online, like pharmacies and supermarkets.

The industry may still be open, but with strict measures, as well as essential services like banking. Transportation will be assured, Cont Conte said tonight, warning the Italian population of more than 60 million people not rush to the supermarket because the shelves will be added as usual.

On Monday, the government banned their 62 million people from all trips unless it was certified to be reasonable on a professional or medical basis, and required people to stay mostly at home. A few days ago, I asked you to change your habits and you responded phenomenally.

The Italians, the Greeks, the Greeks, the Greeks, made a great and valuable contribution to the country, he said. He added that the impact of the new measures will only be clear after a few weeks and thank the country for their efforts, saying: We will soon return to embracing each other.

Earlier on Wednesday, the civil security service reported that the total number of coronaviruses in Italy - the EU member state, where the virus has been most affected - had increased to 12,462 from 10,149, with 560 people being cared for. especially.

Saying that the word pandemic is not a lightly used term, WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned on Wednesday that the challenge is not whether countries can change. virus progress or not. Some are struggling with a lack of capacity, but others are lacking in determination, he said.

Evidence of a widespread European crisis is beginning to appear, with Albania, Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria and Ireland all registering their first deaths due to coronavirus and Spain confirming a sharp increase in cases amounted to 2,152 - the second highest in Europe after Italy - and 50 deaths.

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, said 60-70% of the country's population could be infected and the first priority is to slow down the spread of the virus so that health systems can cope. Germany has confirmed 1,300 infections, with two deaths and recommended cancellation of all events with more than 1,000 people.

Elysée Palace said the president, Emmanuel Macron, would settle the nation on Thursday night. Health Minister Olivier Véran advises vulnerable people to stay home and forbid outside visits to the elderly for a short time. France has now recorded 2,281 confirmed cases in 10 major clusters in France and 48 deaths.

Denmark closed all schools and universities after a 10-fold increase in cases since Monday. Hungary suspended all trips from Italy, South Korea, Iran and China, and Austria stopped all remaining trains to Italy. Poland and Ukraine also join countries that close their schools and universities.

The economic impact of the virus and the measures being taken to continue to grow, with Spain's tourism industry - the third-largest country, accounting for 11% of GDP - the latest said they feared big losses during the holidays. Easter. Spain confirmed 47 deaths on Wednesday.

The Italian ambassador to the EU criticized the lack of solidarity from the bloc, saying it had to take urgent, swift, specific and effective actions.

Conte and chairman of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, later issued a joint statement saying that the country was at the forefront of the crisis, and that the 26 other member states would work more closely with their reactions.

After member states including France and Germany restricted the export of protective medical equipment, the statement also called for any restrictive measures of member states to be discussed first at the level. Europe so important supplies go where they need it most.

The EU has pledged to issue up to € 25 billion (£ 22 billion) worth of money, with a commission of € 7.5 billion to activate the € 17.5 billion co-financing from governments. national government. The bloc will also be flexible in implementing its rules on state aid to allow governments to subsidize industry on demand.

Among other developments:

  • Coronavirus has infected more than 119,000 people globally and caused nearly 4,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • In Iran, the government has announced 63 new deaths, leaving the total number of deaths at 354. Senior vice president and two other cabinet members infected, a semi-official news agency reported. Bahrain has reported 77 new cases of citizens evacuating from Iran by plane.
  • China has agreed to sell more than 2m of masks, 10,000 lung ventilators and 20,000 protective suits to Italy after a call between Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
  • The virus has claimed its first victims in Panama and Indonesia.
  • Turkey first official case report, a Turkish citizen has returned from Europe.
The coronaviruses have disrupted travel, schools have been closed, production stopped and devastating play with sporting, cultural and political events around the world. In the US, the number of cases has exceeded 1,000 and at least 28 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.

A number of major events, including the Coachella music festival, have been postponed, the hopes of Democratic presidents Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have canceled campaign protests, universities around the world. The country began teaching online classes and there are many concerns about the spread of the virus among residential care homes.


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