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Coronavirus, Armani converts its production in Italy in disposable gowns
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Coronavirus, Armani converts its production in Italy in disposable gowns

The Armani Group, the leading company in the luxury sector owned by Giorgio Armani, converts all its Italian fashion production into disposable gowns for the individual protection of health workers engaged in dealing with Coronavirus in the Italian hospitals and clinics. In recent weeks, following the initial donation of one million and 250 thousand euros allocated to the Civil Protection and hospitals Luigi Sacco, San Raffaele, the Cancer Institute of Milan and Spallanzani of Rome, Giorgio Armani has now decided to make his contribution also to Bergamo, Piacenza and Versilia hospitals, thus reaching a total donation of 2 million euros.

There are many initiatives launched by entrepreneurs and companies in support of their territories, in particular doctors committed to the front against the pandemic. The Damiani Group, one of the largest jewellery manufacturers in the world, has also launched a program that involves the customers of the Group’s brands so as to be the collector of a fundraiser in favor of entities active in the fight against Covid-19. By purchasing a Damiani or Salvini jewel, a Venini object, either in the specific brand platforms or e-commerce, the company will activate further donations in addition to paying the buyers a discount, which can also be donated to the body chosen by the end customer to support, for example, the hospitals in the most affected regions.

The Group has also decided to pay homage with a jewel to all the doctors and nurses working tirelessly in the Tortona hospital, which as required by the Piemonte Region has been transformed into Covid Hospital, to thank them symbolically for the great work they are carrying out and with the intention of giving them a smile.

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Is the Coronavirus in Japan weaker? Why the COVID-19 infection rate is relatively low in some countries?
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Is the Coronavirus in Japan weaker? Why the COVID-19 infection rate is relatively low in some countries?

The number of deaths and infections from the global coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, is now higher outside than in China, where the outbreak began, across the country. In Italy yesterday the deaths toll (3405) exceeded that in China. Also, Iran and South Korea were among the countries most affected by the novel virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Japan has recorded 814 cases since March 17. Even taking into account the 712 cases of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, which has been moored in the port of Yokohama for over three weeks as a virus spread among passengers and crew, the cases in Japan are just over 900 and only 32 deaths. Many have wondered why the rate of infection in Japan is so relatively low despite its proximity to China, and above all, if weaker strains of Covid-19 exist which would explain why even in Italy only some regions have been more affected than others, or because Italy has recorded more deaths than China.

According to Hiroaki Richard Watanabe of the University of Sheffield, the main answer seems to be that Japan has not conducted extensive tests on the coronavirus, especially compared to countries like South Korea and Italy, which have done many tests. Watanabe explains that this may have to do with Japan’s policy-making system. The Japanese prime minister and Cabinet Office increased their power to make policy as a result of administrative reforms since the 1990s, while the power of bureaucrats and MPs declined to some extent. Japan’s policy towards the coronavirus seems to be centred on discussions at expert meetings under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW). Although the office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played a role in making decisions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by convening several meetings, those decisions were based on the MHLW’s expert policy recommendations.

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Fewer tests, fewer cases, fewer deaths recorded for Covid-19. The same policy has also been applied by other countries, such as Tunisia, where the number of people in quarantine are over 5600, but just over 600 tests conducted. Of these, only 39 were political, with an incidence of 6.38%. Even in the case of Tunisia only one death has been ascertained for Coronavirus, but there could be other deaths of people who had not been subjected to the storm, or unaware of having been infected by the new virus. Compared to the number of tests conducted in South Korea, more than 248,000 so far, the number in Japan has been just over 10,000. The small number of tests was due to the slow administrative answer, which was also seen in the poor crisis management of the Diamond Princess case.

Other factors, Watanabe says, may have contributed to the relatively low rate of coronavirus infection in Japan, such as the government’s recommendation to close schools until early spring break and cancellation of sporting events and concerts. However, these measures have also been adopted by other governments around the world and their impact is difficult to measure. And Abe’s decision to close schools without consulting his own party, opposition parties, governors and education committees of Japan’s prefectures has been severely criticized.

By the way, the reasons for choosing to reduce the number of tests for COVID-19 on the population many including avoiding the spread of panic between citizens, the lack of means and sufficient tests to manage the emergency. For Watanabe, the suspicion was that the Japanese government had conducted only a small number of tests in Japan to hide the scope and severity of the infection, partly due to the Abe administration’s determination to hold the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. We should not forget that the Japanese government has already learned a lot about crisis management since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 even if there is still the problem of insufficient coordination between government ministries and between the government and the identified private sector which led to the collapse of stock prices and had a catastrophic impact on the Japanese economy and society. In light of all this, it seems that we can rule out the possibility of a weaker virus in Japan than in other countries, but that the differences in COVID-19 data between one nation and another depend on the number of tests conducted, as well as the management of the emergency by each Government.

How Coronavirus is influencing the Italian researches on Google
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How Coronavirus is influencing the Italian researches on Google

The spread of Coronavirus in Italy also reflects its effects on Google where there has been a huge spike in donation searches in the past seven days. According to ‘Google Trends’, in the last seven days the Italians are looking for donors or fundraiser as the football player Bobo Vieri, who recorded a very important surge like that of Cristiano Ronaldo and Insigne. Even Silvio Berlusconi, with his record donation of the last few hours, catalysed the attention of the Italians, who ran to Google to find out more about the news and how to participate to funding campaigns in favour of their hospitals.

The desire to contribute to the fight against Coronavirus emerges. In any form. So here are the huge spikes on associated queries such as “blood donations”, “coronavirus donations”, “hospital donations”. Lombardy and Lazio are the most interested regions, albeit in a different way: in the first case, different donation recipients are sought, like hospitals, sports initiatives or VIPs, in the second, research is strongly focused on the donation methods blood. The Italians once again confirm their desire to contribute to putting the emergency behind them. “Once again Google confirms itself as a thermometer of the mood of Italians” – comments Ale Agostini, author Hoepli and director of Avant Grade, adding that “it is a delicate moment and there are many who want to help out of the emergency. The data on territoriality also show the different moods from region to region but it is clear that the desire to be useful is univocal”.

The arrival of the Coronavirus, or Covid-19, in Italy has dominated the news and has overwhelmed all aspects of the daily life of the Lombards first and then all the Italians. The necessary state of closure of the entire country, the disregard of the simple rules to stem the infection and the consequent lowering of the shutters of companies and activities, have put the Italian people in a surreal quarantine situation. Something no one would have expected. The invitation not to go to crowded places and to stay at home has influenced all Google searches where there has been also a surge in searches related to teleworking tools, online training and web meetings. In addition to donation and smart working, it seems that Italians are trying to spending times with sweets, showing interest in cake recipes for Women’s Day and Nutella mozzarella.

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1,809 victims in Italy. The Pope walking in prayer in the center of Rome
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1,809 victims in Italy. The Pope walking in prayer in the center of Rome

The number of victims for the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy reached 1,809, only yesterday 368 deaths and 175 on Saturday. 2,335 people were healed in Italy after contracting the virus, 369 more than yesterday. More than 20,000 patients have been exceeded: a total of 20,603, an increase of 2,853 compared to Saturday, while the total number of infected people – including victims and the recovered – reached 27,747. The data was provided by the emergency commissioner Angelo Borrelli at a press conference to the Civil Protection’s headquarters. To suffer the most is the north of the country. There are 252 new deaths from coronaviruses in Lombardy, a figure that has never been achieved in the region so far in a single day. Since the beginning of the emergency, the 200 deaths in one day had never been exceeded: yesterday there were 76, while on Wednesday 11 March there were 149, the maximum number of deaths to date. According to the Welfare office of the region, the positive cases to Covid-19 tests are 13,272, plus 1,587, the hospitalized are 4,898, plus 602 compared to yesterday, there is a constant but not exponential growth. In intensive care they increase only by 25, 757 in total, while the deaths are 1,218, with a growth of 252. There were 9924 checks on compliance with the Coronavirus containment measures carried out in Milan yesterday. In 24 hours, the law enforcement officers checked 4,937 people, of these 215 were reported for not having respected the measures – for example, having left the house without reason- while 6 for lying in the self-certification requested by the Interior Minister to go out from their homes.

“Our priority is to make working in safety doctors, nurses and all health personnel who are working with courage and self-sacrifice, dedicating themselves to this health emergency without saving energy. As a government we are strenuously committed – and I himself through contacts with my counterparts – to provide the protective devices that allow them to work in maximum safety in a very short time” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday in a press conference, while Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio affirmed that “the export of masks, suits and face shields from Germany and France has been unblocked”.

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To manage the emergency, Italian Government has already ordered 3,800 lung ventilators, with an additional 300 available for immediate delivery, and has contracted supplies for over 30 million surgical masks, more than 7 million gloves, over 13 million coveralls, boots, headphones and gowns and for over 390 thousand swabs and more than 260 diagnostic kits corresponding to over 67 thousand tests. On Sunday, Pope Francis left the Vatican and visited walking in the center of the capital Rome the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to address a prayer to the Virgin, ‘Salus populi Romani’. The pope made a walk in the central Via del Corso on foot, as if on a pilgrimage, before to reach another church, ‘San Marcello al Corso’, to pray for the end of the pandemic.

To concern more now the doctors is the alarm for submerged cases. “There are many sick people, who were not postponed to Covid19’s tests, risking to inflect their families”. A doctor warned speaking to Italian press. The Health Ministry asked doctors to treat patients with Covid-19 symptoms, considering them “positive”, monitoring them, and asking them to stay isolated as required by law, without ask them to make the test. Report them only if they have had certain contacts with an infected person. “But many people don’t even know if they have had contact at risk, and therefore they are spending days and days at home with a fever at 39, with the terror of getting worse” the doctor confirmed. While hospitals in the provinces of Milano, Bergamo and Brescia are collapsing, the cases that emerge are just the tip of the iceberg. The Covid-19 test is now done only to those who go to hospital because it is already serious and in urgent need of intensive care, but there are many cases with more nuanced symptoms that could be affected by the new Chinese virus. So according to the general doctor’s association, the numbers of people sick are therefore not real.

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To fight the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns and visa restrictions are imposed worldwide
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To fight the COVID-19 outbreak, lockdowns and visa restrictions are imposed worldwide

Spain and France also join Italy in imposing lockdowns on millions of people, Australia asked self-quarantine to foreigners who arrived, and many nations extended visa bans as the world battles Covid-19 pandemic.

Britain, the United States, and Australia leaders urged to maintain calm as frenzy purchasing over the virus pandemic expanded as the lockdown was imposed. More than 156,000 people have been infected worldwide, and 5,800 died lately.

Several nations urged to avoid large social gatherings, postponing sports, religious, and cultural events, while medical practitioners suggested people to practice “social distance” to minimize the spread.

In Rome, Pope Francis’ Easter service one month from now will be held without the attendees, the Vatican stated on Sunday. The religious services include four days of main events from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Ordinarily, it draws a considerable number of people to visit Rome and the Vatican.

Austria’s chancellor asked people to self-quarantine and announced not more than five people to gather and further limited visas.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated that from Sunday, international travelers in the nation would need to isolate themselves for 14 days, and cruise ships would be restricted for 30 days, given an increase in imported cases.

President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency lately and stretched out his nation’s movement boycott to Britain and Ireland.

Worldwide travel bans, border checks, shutting down of eateries, cinema halls, sporting events, shopping malls, closing of schools, and universities have been imposed. Especially travel industry and the global market have been impacted immensely. Many people are experiencing panic, anxiety, distress, and loneliness due to self-quarantine.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces new restrictive measures to deal with the coronavirus
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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces new restrictive measures to deal with the coronavirus

The Italian government announces new restrictive measures to deal with the Coronavirus. “To have an effective response” to these measures “we will have to wait a couple of weeks” explained Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, listing the new provisions: “Hairdressers, beauty salons and canteen services will close. Essential public services, including transport, remain guaranteed. Newsstands also remain open to allow the sale of key newspapers in an emergency health situation. Stores, bars, pubs and restaurants close. Home delivery is permitted. For production activities it must be encouraged. agile work as much as possible, encourage holidays for the workers”.

The factories will remain open but “with safety measures”. Activities in the agricultural, zootechnical and agri-food processing sectors will be guaranteed in Italy, in compliance with hygiene and health regulations, including the supply chains that offer goods and services with respect to these activities “. “If the numbers continue to grow, which is probable, it doesn’t mean that we will have to hurry to launch new measures. We will not have to go blindly towards the abyss. We will have to be clear, responsible,” said Conte. “It is not necessary to do anything rush to buy food: grocery stores remain open” is the appeal of Giuseppe Conte.

In Italy there are 10,590 Covid-19 patients overall, those hospitalized with symptoms 5,838 and 3,724 are in home isolation, while the healed are 1045 in total, of which 41 today. In the daily bulletin, the Commissioner for the Coronavirus emergency, Angelo Borrelli, then specified that the number of sick people increased by 2,076 units compared to yesterday, while the total number of infected people – including victims and the recovered – reached 12,462. The victims are a total of 827: compared to yesterday there are 196 more. Hospitals in the northern regions are collapsing, thousands of people die from other diseases without having available beds.

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How United Kingdom learns to protects its own well in time
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How United Kingdom learns to protects its own well in time

United Kingdom has been one of the few nations who have acted before hand, and learnt from the trend of the virus outbreak quickly.

While UK Health Minister has been reported positive of the coronavirus, people who are showing even minor symptoms are being asked to stay indoors and not report to work either.

The UK government’s chief medical adviser has also said that the change in advice could happen within the next 10 to 14 days and people with slightest signs of respiratory tract infections or mild fever are being asked to keep away from public spaces, in an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Five people have now died from coronavirus in the UK.

It comes as the Foreign Office warned British residents against all but essential travel to Italy. All 500 plus flights between Britain and Italy have already been suspended. Italy has been on a complete lockdown. Anyone coming into Britain from Italy will have to self quarantine for atleast two weeks.

Currently, in the UK, there were 319 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This has shown a rise of 46 since the same time on Sunday. All intensive care patients will need to be tested for the virus. This is specifically applicable for anyone in hospital with a respiratory infection.
Italy has shown most mortality rate of people over the age of 65eyars of age. Looking at the trend of how the illness has spread, Britain has acted in time.

Addressing a joint press conference with Prof. Whitty in Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson also suggested that the elderly and vulnerable could be asked to stay home in the near future, with further steps set out “in the days and weeks ahead”. He said that the more the peak of the spread could be delayed to summer, “the better the NHS will be able to manage.”

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Austria Bans entry of Italian out of fear of coronavirus outbreak
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Austria Bans entry of Italian out of fear of coronavirus outbreak

Austria becomes the second nation after Britain to have held a restriction over movement of Italians into their country. The border is now been sealed and Italians are not permitted into the country, in an attempt to curb the spread of the coronavirus. They are only permitted into the country after showing relevant medical proof of being clear off any strains of the virus.

Also, Austrians returning from Italy would have to self-isolate for two weeks.
This was informed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Austria has resorted to this measure after the Italian government imposed travel restrictions across the country. So far, Austria has reported more than 150 cases of coronavirus.

Italy has been worst effected European nation after China, where the onset started. There have been more than 10,000 cases of infection reported with more than 600 confirmed deaths.

Austria and Italy share a border north of Italy’s South Tyrol region making it vulnerable to infection travelling into Austria. Last week, South Tyrol, in common with the rest of Italy, closed all cultural centres and restricted access to bars and cafes to daytime hours. Italy’s nationwide lockdown limits travel to those with “verifiable work requirements or situations of necessity”. All sporting events have been suspended, and schools and universities have been shut until 3 April. Employees have been urged either to work from home or take annual leave.

For Austrians staying in Italy, we are currently organising a repatriation of these Austrians. Five mobile teams began health checks on the Brenner Pass as well as two other routes between the two countries. University teaching has also been suspended, as well as indoor events involving more than 100 people and outdoor events with more than 500.

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Italy Places Complete Nation Under Quarantine To Combat Outbreak Of Covid-19 Virus
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Italy Places Complete Nation Under Quarantine To Combat Outbreak Of Covid-19 Virus

Italy has become the worst hit European nation after the epicenter China, confirmed reports have said. With virtually all public gatherings banned, the city has been put on an official lockdown, allowing only essentially travel within the country.

In an attempt to contain the virus spread with the bounds of the country, the administration has taken a strict step of placing the entire national territory under quarantine. Travel is being allowed only if demonstrable reasons can be given for work or health reasons to concerned authorities. Evident restrictions also mean that bars and restaurants must close at 6 p.m., and virtually all public gatherings cease to exist as of now. In shops, churches and all public places, people must keep a distance between themselves of a meter, or just over 3 feet. Further, employees have been directed to take vacation and stay home or work from home where at all necessary.

Last Italy faced such situations was at the time of the World War -2. Never at peaceful times as of now, has any nation have had to face a situation which is being faced by Italy now.

It has been proven that general negligence led to a mass outbreak in Italy, and that 15 days before the case was discovered the virus had already entered Milan, one of the epicenter of the outbreak. Italian officials and health experts say the quarantine plan relies heavily on the general population playing its part by avoiding contact wherever possible, so as to slow the rate of new infections.

The daily death ratio is the highest in Italy at the moment and is being attributed more to an increasing ageing population. Elderly victims are more likely to suffer acutely from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the pathogen. Around 89% of those who have died from the disease in Italy were aged 70 or over.

The rising number of severe virus cases is threatening to overwhelm hospitals in northern Italy, the center of the outbreak. Intensive-care beds are running out in the Lombardy region, of which Milan is the capital, say doctors there.

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Italian Chief of Army positive to Coronavirus, while the Country fall in the chaos
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Italian Chief of Army positive to Coronavirus, while the Country fall in the chaos

The Chief of Staff of the Italian Army, Salvatore Farina, has resulted positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has self-quarantined, according to Italian Defense Ministry. General Farina will remain in isolation in his home and will be replaced by General Federico Bonato, a short statement revealed on Sunday. So far, Italy is the third Country for number of infections by the Chinese virus, with 366 fatalities and 7,375 confirmed cases. Millions of people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy early Sunday as the government approved drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus.

According to Italian authorities two thousand soldiers are ready to intervene on a regional basis, doctors and nurses already sent to the outbreaks, evacuations with bio containment by helicopter, 6600 beds available and a field hospital, Role 2 plus, which can be mounted anywhere with intensive care capacity. The army even set up an alternate operations room in two different places in the capital, Rome. If one becomes infected and ends up in quarantine, it will be replaced by the other.

Italian soldiers, however, are stunned by the government’s latest risky move which has created panic and confusion over the new security zones. “The big mistake is that everything had to be baked before the decree was signed,” explains a military source in an interview with the local newspaper “Il Giornale”. If it means that no one can enter or exit without valid and specific reasons, it must be belted, otherwise the panicked people flee to the south of the Country or abroad, as happened in Milan. «On the contrary, the decree provides that the prefects are to enforce it. First, they will ask the Ministry of Interior for the availability of the police. And when they are not enough, they will turn to Defense» explains the official.

In the meantime, the safety zones to be isolated exist only on paper or the controls will remain mild and useless. If not harmful because they push panic-stricken people to flee with the risk of infecting other areas of the country which is falling into chaos.

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