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Italy closes colleges and universities for the Chinese coronavirus

Rome / The Italian government has approved the closure from tomorrow until mid-March of all colleges and universities as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, which has already cost 107 people in the country, the Wednesday said Minister of Education, Lucia Azzolina.

Azzolina, who appeared with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, in a press conference, said that the closure of colleges and universities that had already been in force for thirteen days in the regions of Emilia Romagna, Lombardy, has been extended throughout the country and Veneto.

This was one of the measures recommended by the scientific committee created by the Italian Government to stop the expansion of the coronavirus.

“It is an impact decision, I hope that the students return as soon as possible and I am committed to providing this essential public service, even at a distance, to our students,” said the minister.

According to Conte, “this morning we met all the ministers to evaluate an update on the health emergency and I also requested the presence of the president of the National Health Service, Professor (Silvio) Brusaferro, who helped us assess what the situation is current epidemiology ”.

“A large part of the information exchange was dedicated to schools and universities. We did a comprehensive evaluation and the orientation was to organize the closure, prudently, ”added the head of government.

He explained that Brusaferro and the scientific committee had been asked to advise the Executive for a more in-depth study before making a decision.

Conte told reporters that they appeared to announce this important measure, but that they will later report on the decree that the Government finalizes with new decisions to curb the coronavirus crisis.

“We will return to inform you soon, we are working hard on the decree, we already have the draft ready,” added  Conte. (March 4, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)

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del número de personas que han perdido la vida a causa del coronavirus en Italia.
de las regiones italianas de Lombardía y Véneto.
de una medida que han adoptado las autoridades italianas para evitar que haya más contagios por coronavirus.
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se aprobó el cierre temporal de colegios y universidades en todo el país.
solo se cerrarán temporalmente los colegios y universidades de las regiones de Lombardía y Véneto.
el Gobierno italiano descarta que sea necesario cerrar temporalmente todos los colegios y universidades del país.
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se desconoce el motivo.
se hace para evitar que se extienda todavía más el coronavirus entre la población.
no tiene nada que ver con los casos de coronavirus que se han registrado en el país.
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dijo que darán más información sobre el decreto en el que están trabajando.
descarta que haya una emergencia sanitaria en el país.
afirmó que todavía no tienen preparado el borrador de esa medida.
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no ha aumentado la cifra de infectados por coronavirus en China.
se desmiente que Hubei sea el foco de la epidemia.
dos mil novecientas ochenta y una personas fallecieron en China a causa del coronavirus.
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