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Austria considers border controls as Italy searches for coronavirus superspreader

Austria considers border controls as Italy searches for coronavirus superspreader

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Austria is assembling a coronavirus taskforce to discuss whether to introduce border controls with Italy, where a fourth person has died.About a dozen towns in Italy are in lockdown as authorities race to contain the biggest outbreak of coronavirus in Europe. At least 152 people in Italy have been infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and there have been four deaths over the past 48 hours.The latest victim was an 84-year-old man from Bergamo, according to Sky News Italia. He is the third death in the northern Lombardy region. Image: A train stopped by authorities on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass On Sunday evening, Austria refused entry to a train coming from Italy after the Italian State Railways inform...
Coronavirus: Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

Coronavirus: Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Italian officials have cut short the Venice Carnival as they try to control what is now the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. Authorities in the Veneto region said the event would end later on Sunday, two days earlier than scheduled. Italy has by far the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe, with 152. Three people have died. Italy has imposed strict quarantine restrictions in two northern "hotspot" regions close to Milan and Venice. About 50,000 people cannot enter or leave several towns in Veneto and Lombardy for the next two weeks without special permission. Even outside the zone, many businesses and schools have suspended activities, and sporting events have been cancelled in...
Coronavirus: Evacuated Britons arrive at quarantine hospital

Coronavirus: Evacuated Britons arrive at quarantine hospital

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British nationals evacuated from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan have arrived at a hospital where they will spend the next two weeks in quarantine.Coaches carrying 30 British and two Irish citizens arrived at Arrowe Park hospital in Wirral on Saturday evening.The group had travelled from an airbase in Wiltshire after leaving Tokyo on a flight late on Friday night.They have so far tested negative for the virus. As the coaches arrived at the hospital just before 18:00, one passenger was pictured making a heart sign with her hands while another gave an OK signal through the coach windows.Arrowe Park Hospital was previously used to quarantine 83 British nationals who were flown back to the UK from Wuhan.The chief executive of ...
WHO coronavirus team to visit Wuhan this weekend

WHO coronavirus team to visit Wuhan this weekend

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- World Health Organization officials confirmed Friday that the 12-member team working in China this week -- primarily in Beijing, Guangdong and Sichuan, where there has been an uptick in confirmed cases -- will be moving to Wuhan, ground zero for the COVID-19 outbreak, over the weekend. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said the team is "fully empowered" and will be determining "next steps" once they arrive in Wuhan. As of midnight there were 75,567 confirmed cases in China, including 2,239 deaths. In the past 24 hours, there have been 892 new confirmed cases, with 118 deaths in China alone. China has resumed counting only lab-confirmed disease in its new case counts, after including "clinically confirmed" cases -- based on CT images of the presence of low...