Italy reported a 50% increase in coronavirus cases Sunday, because the US further restricted travel and therefore the famed La Scala opera closed.Italy’s Civil Protection Authority reported the country now has 1,694 confirmed coronavirus cases, up from 1,128 confirmed cases on Saturday. Thirty-four people have died.Italy has the foremost coronavirus cases of any country outside of Asia.
Delta Air Lines is suspending its US flights to Milan, the carrier announced Sunday. The last flight out are going to be depart ny on Monday. The last return flight are going to be on Tuesday.Delta said it’ll resume flights to Milan on May Day . Rome flights aren’t affected.
Concerns affecting cultural institutions
In Milan, the La Scala opera are going to be closed until March 8, consistent with a notice on its official website.”In reference to the diffusion of the coronavirus, the prime minister has decreed the suspension of all events and initiatives and of all meeting publicly places, including cultural ones, until Sunday 8 March,” says a notice on the opera house’s website.”In compliance with these provisions, all performances and events hospitable the general public at La Scala until 8 March are cancelled,” it said.
In Lombardy, the northern Italian region at the middle of the country’s outbreak, 1 in 10 of confirmed coronavirus cases involve medical personnel, consistent with Paola Stringa, a press officer for the Lombardy regional government.
The welfare assessor responsible of regional health care in Lombardy, Giulio Gallera, told reporters on Saturday that the region is evaluating whether to dedicate a whole hospital to coronavirus patients.
“We have given the instruction to hospital to swab all the patients that are available with respiratory diseases symptoms. it is vital to preserve the well-being of medical personnel, which today represents the ten of the infected,” Gallera said.
Italy has put several cities and towns within the country’s north on lockdown, banning people from entering or leaving affected areas, suspending public events and shutting attractions, like museums, to the general public , consistent with the ecu Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The measure effectively put an estimated 100,000 people under quarantine.In Paris, The Louvre remained closed Sunday, the museum said during a statement to CNN.
The Louvre said its closing wasn’t ordered by the govt , which Saturday canceled all public gatherings of 5,000 people or more in confined spaces. That included the Paris Half Marathon on Sunday.
UN calls increases ‘deeply disturbing’
The Trump administration said Saturday that it had been raising the travel advisory level for parts of Italy and South Korea where the coronavirus has spread widely. On Sunday, Trump said during a tweet that folks are going to be screened for coronavirus upon arriving within the US if they’re traveling from high-risk countries.
Katie Miller, a spokeswoman for vice chairman Mike Pence, clarified to CNN what’s covered under the screening measures Trump mentioned in his tweet.”There is already screening for those coming into the us for those that are in China within the last 14 days. this may be expanded to Italy and South Korea ,” Miller said.
“Additionally we are currently performing on exit screening from South Korea , Italy, and other European Nations as required .”The UN called the rise of cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea “deeply concerning.”