Published: Thu, February 27, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Hinchingbrooke School issue coronavirus advice

Hinchingbrooke School issue coronavirus advice

Further afield, Italy is becoming an epicentre for the coronavirus in the Mediterranean with cases linked to the country emerging in Spain, France, Austria, Germany and even Algeria.

Tourists wearing protective masks visit Venice on 25 February 2020, during the usual period of the Carnival festivities which were cancelled after an outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Switzerland, Austria and Croatia have also confirmed their first cases of the virus in their countries. The Irish Rugby Football Union had not yet responded last night to say if the game would be axed.The H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel in Tenerife was officially put in lockdown yesterday after it emerged that an Italian doctor who has the virus had stayed there.

Italy has in recent days become Europe's worst-affected country, with more than 300 cases and 11 deaths. "Shutting down the borders would be a disproportionate and mistaken measure".

The number of coronavirus cases in Italy rose to 400.

Meanwhile, three Chinese nationals housed in Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital of Sarajevo tested negative for the virus.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said it's a "younger man, with a mild form of the disease" and that he has "been isolated and his condition is good".

This is because government advice is to self-isolate if you have visited northern Italy.

It said that anyone who has travelled from the affected regions and has no symptoms should visit for advice.

The school have said that although the risk is small, they are following advice that was announced by Matt Handcock, Health Secretary on Monday.

Italy is struggling to contain the outbreak that has given the country the most cases outside Asia.

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"No one can get in and out of the hotel to make sure that if other infected people are staying in the hotel, the virus won't be spread", Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told a press conference. The country has the most infections outside China.

Figures from the World Health Organisation showed there were 427 new cases reported in 37 countries on Tuesday, compared with 411 reported by Beijing. He said: "There's a variety of things you need to look at, you look at things like school closures, you look at things like reducing transport".

Authorities have admitted that the hospital dealing with the first patient bungled procedures meant to deal with such situations allowing the virus to spread for 36 hours, missing a critical window of opportunity.

Most of the cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus remain in China, where the virus originated previous year. On Wednesday a second infection was discovered.

As of Tuesday, a total of 6,795 people have been tested for coronavirus in the United Kingdom and 13 confirmed cases.

In Iran - the main hotspot in the Middle East - a total of 19 deaths and 139 cases have been reported in the past week. China appears to be getting on top of the virus with the number of new cases each day reducing.

Discussing plans being drawn up if the virus spreads, he added: 'The expectation is not that we will do all these things.

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"This testing will tell us whether there's evidence of infection more widespread than we think" PHE's Cosford said.

"For days, Italian government officials have been urging citizens not to panic", said Al Jazeera's Mohammed Jamjoom, reporting from Milan.

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