British tourists in Italy blow out “pathetic” coronavirus advice from the British government while SEVEN die there
British tourists attacked the “pathetic” reaction of the government to the coronavirus crisis in Italy last night.
Enraged passengers traveling to the Italian cities affected by the outbreak said they had been abandoned without official safety advice.
While other countries were advising not to travel to the crisis zone of Italy, Downing Street insisted that Britain was “well prepared” for an outbreak.
Italy has dramatically increased its fight to control the virus after a huge peak in cases, with 229 confirmed diagnoses and seven deaths.
The country has in fact placed 50,000 citizens in lockdown by closing more than a dozen cities and canceling public events.
Britons returning from the hardest hit northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto are expected to be quarantined at home.
A tourist wears a face mask in Venice, where the annual carnival is demolished for fear of spreading the corona virus
Mask: soldier on patrol outside the Duomo of Milan yesterday after a peak in coronavirus cases
No risk: passengers wear masks and overalls on the Milan metro after the corona virus outbreak
Terrified I will be detained in Venice
Philippa Rose, 26, from Leicester, has to fly to Venice with her partner this Saturday for their birthday.
“As two young and fit individuals, we are not so concerned about the virus itself, but more about delays in coming home and the possibility of being quarantined there,” she said.
“Our biggest concern is stuck.
‘It is despicable that after this outbreak there has been radio silence from the officials we rely on for advice.
“Everything online is for those who travel to China / Asia and nothing for Italy.”
The chief medical officer is adding these virus hotbeds today to a list of places where a return visit to British soil should be isolated, according to the Daily telegram.
Britons returning from these affected areas are currently being told to “continue as usual” after asking 111 for advice.
The outbreak of Italy caused panic throughout Europe, with buses and trains transporting Italian passengers across the border stopped after those on board reported symptoms.
It comes when experts have called the Covid-19 virus outbreak a pandemic “all but name.”
In Europe, Austria threatened to close its borders as suspected airlines tried to enter from Italy, while Ireland and Serbia advised citizens not to travel to the affected areas in the north of the country.
The EU maintained that it did not intend to close the Schengen travel zone to stop the spread, but announced a £ 195 million rescue plan.
The Italian government has taken a series of draconian measures to stop the spread, desperately trying to figure out ‘patient zero’ – the unknown carrier at the center of the peak of cases.
Today, more than two dozen flights are expected to leave the UK for northern Italy.
British passengers reported yesterday how they had canceled travel because of the fear that they might get caught in Italy if the situation worsens.
In the first signs of tension, a British Airways flight from Heathrow to Milan was delayed by 20 minutes yesterday morning when a passenger asked to leave the flight due to fear of coronavirus.
A 67-year-old passenger who gave her name when Lea criticized the government’s reaction when she canceled a trip from Stansted to Venice yesterday.
An ambulance in an abandoned Codogno, one of the northern Italian cities that have been closed
Tourists wear protective face masks during their visit to Venice, where the carnival festivals of Venice have been cropped for fear of aggravating the country’s coronavirus problems
Carabinieri block the road in Zovon near Venice to limit the spread of coronavirus. Six deaths and 229 infections in Italy have fueled panic in neighboring countries and called on governments to tackle border controls
Infection wakes up the global markets
The coronavirus epidemic in Italy has crushed the country’s economy, which fell after seven people died and 229 became ill.
It came when more than $ 1 trillion was wiped away from the value of the world’s stock markets due to fear of the virus outbreak.
The fear of investor infections supported 5.4 percent of the Milan stock exchange after the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto – the industrial and financial core countries – closed.
The current market decline could just be the start of Italy’s misery, with Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte warning that the economic hit could be “very strong.”
He said: “The economic impact can be very strong.
“At the moment we can calculate that there will be a negative economic impact, we are not yet in a position to predict what will happen.”
She said: “The government’s opinion is not relevant to the situation. It’s pathetic and nobody helps. “
Diego Gullo, who flew from Milan to Gatwick on Thursday, told how he had quarantined himself and his family after returning from Codogno, the city at the center of the outbreak of Italy.
From his home in North London, he said to Sky News: “I have not had specific advice, there is no control in the UK.
We called 111 and we were told nothing specifically … they suggested just continuing as usual. “
Airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair said last night that the flights would continue pending official advice and that travelers were not entitled to refunds.
Italy has closed at least 35 roads around a cluster of cities in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, where the virus began to spread.
Those who tried to leave were threatened with three-month prison sentences.
There are also confirmed cases in the Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna regions.
Professor John Ashton, a former regional health director in North West England, criticized Boris Johnson for not explaining how Britain would respond to a possible outbreak.
He said, “A lot of information is currently based on rumors.” The virus has a death rate of 0.7 percent, the WHO said yesterday.
Coronavirus epidemic “has PEAKED in China,” says the World Health Organization, but warns the rest of the world to prepare for a “potential pandemic”
By Jack Elsom for MailOnline
Coronavirus has now reached a “peak” in China, according to the World Health Organization, which praised Beijing’s strong measures to isolate the outbreak.
While the number of cases continues to rise – surpassing 77,000 – the rate at which new infections occur has slowed.
But while officials fighting the epidemic in China can find comfort in the delay, other countries have been warned to brace themselves for a “potential pandemic” while the virus continues to spread around the world.
WHO head Dr. Tedros Adhanom said the peak in China took place between January 23 and February 2, with the number of new diagnoses “steadily declining since”.
“This virus can be contained,” he told reporters in Geneva, praising China for helping prevent an even greater spread of the disease through unprecedented lockdowns and quarantine around the epicenter of the outbreak.
To suppress the outbreak, Beijing imposed drastic travel bans and quarantined entire cities – while also being accused of scrubbing the internet of so-called scare stories.
But since the coronavirus originated in Wuhan at the end of last year, it has spread to infect more than 79,000 people worldwide and to kill more than 2,600 people.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom said the coronavirus has now peaked in China because the number of new infections is slowly decreasing
Voluntary hairdressers cut the hair for medical staff in the residency of medical team in front of Hankou Hospital in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province
The WHO said the current crisis, which has infected almost 80,000 people and killed 2,600 people, is a cluster of cases in 36 countries and territories
Italian tourist tests positive on Tenerife
The spiral coronavirus outbreak in Italy has begun to flow across the continent, with a tourist from the infection-ridden Lombardy region testing positive on Tenerife.
The patient, who was considered a doctor, had traveled from the Italian region to the Spanish holiday island, which was locked up after a number of cases.
Seven people died and 229 were infected in Italy, which is fighting the first major outbreak in Europe.
The Italian was tested for the killer virus after he went to a private clinic in Adeje in the south of Tenerife after becoming ill.
Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres confirmed: ‘This afternoon the coronavirus protocol has been activated for an Italian tourist in the south of Tenerife.
“The result of the first test in the Canary Islands is positive. New tests will take place in Madrid tomorrow. The patient has been placed in quarantine. “
A spokesperson for the regional health authority added: “According to the protocol, a second test must take place at the National Microbiology Center of the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.
“The patient is placed in quarantine and is cared for by health professionals.”
The highly contagious bug has manifested itself in every continent except South America and Antarctica.
An acceleration of affairs in other parts of the world has led to similar drastic measures to prevent spread.
Italy has closed 11 cities and South Korea ordered the entire 2.5 million residents of the city of Daegu to stay.
The spread of the disease – officially known as COVID-19 – continued unabated with Afghanistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman, who announced their first cases on Monday.
Iran has reported twelve deaths, but Ahmed Amiriabadi Farahani, MP from Tehran, suggested that the regime suppressed the true figure.
Yet Dr. Adhanom today to confirm that the coronavirus crisis would still reach a pandemic level.
After a peak in diagnoses, he said: “The sudden increase in new cases is certainly very worrying.
‘There is a lot of speculation as to whether this outbreak has now become a pandemic.
“At the moment we are not witnessing the unlimited worldwide spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large-scale disease or death.”
His comments came after the WHO admitted that the killer outbreak will never be officially declared a pandemic.
Instead, the UN body said the crisis has been a public health emergency of international interest for a month – the highest level of alert.
But the fear of a pandemic is increasing, with an increase in cases bringing the world close to the “turning point” with 80,000 confirmed cases and 2,600 deaths.
The body, headquartered in Geneva in Switzerland, claims that a pathogen must spread easily between people around the world before it is called a pandemic.
The WHO said the current crisis is a cluster of cases in 36 countries and territories that can be traced to Asia.