The coronavirus outbreak has reached such levels that the outside world has been warned to “stop” the virus now before the contagion becomes uncontrollable. Italy was put into a nation-wide lockdown this week as cases soar in the country. At the time of writing, there were a reported 12,462 cases in the country with a further 354 mortalities.
Italy is the worst-hit country outside of China and a resident in the epicentre of the outbreak in the north of the country has issued a warning for other countries to take action now.
Christina Higgins wrote on Facebook how the virus has “brought Italy to its knees” due to the lack of seriousness paid to the deadly contagion initially.
She said: “To be clear, this national lockdown, is a hail mary.
“What he means is that if the numbers of contagion do not start to go down, the system, Italy, will collapse.
“The only way to stop this virus is to limit contagion.
“And the only way to limit contagion is for millions of people to change their behaviour today.
“If you are in Europe or the US you are weeks away from where we are today in Italy.”
Announcing the nation-wide lockdown on Monday 9, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insisted there was “no more time” as the outbreak spreads across Europe.
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In order to tackle the outbreak in the UK, Boris Johnson chaired a COBRA meeting on Thursday.
At the meeting, Mr Johnson discussed the Government’s four-point battle plan with health officials commenting the UK could move to the “delay” phase.
Within the phase, “social distancing” tactics will be put in place.
Banning large scale gatherings and closing schools are potential initiatives which could be enforced to stop the virus.
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Today, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar announced a lockdown across the country.
His decision to place a shutdown in Ireland was driven following the World Health Organisation’s claim that the virus had now become a global pandemic.
Speaking during his trip to Washington, Mr Varadkar warned the virus can be “slowed” if the appropriate measures are taken.
Mr Varadkar said: “We know that older people and those with chronic diseases are at real risk.
“We have a duty as a society to protect ourselves and above all to protect others – our parents and grandparents, our family and friends, co-workers and neighbours.
“We have not witnessed a pandemic of this nature in living memory. This is unchartered territory.
“We said we would take the right actions at the right time.
“We have to move now to have the greatest impact.”
From 6pm on Friday until March 29, schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close.
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