Italy closes schools nationwide


Novel coronavirus pneumonia and Italy’s government decided to suspend teaching activities in Italy throughout March 4th to cope with the spread of the new crown pneumonia, according to the news of Italy’s Ansha and Republic newspapers.
Italy confirmed diagnosis of novel coronavirus pneumonia increased to 3089 cases, 107 cases died.
According to Reuters, novel coronavirus pneumonia cases in Italy increased from 2502 to 3089, and deaths rose to 107, according to officials in Italy.
In response to the outbreak, the Italian government plans to ban public activities nationwide and close cinemas and theaters, according to a recent draft decree. Earlier, Italy had taken measures to close down a number of epidemic towns.
According to the BBC, the Italian government held a government meeting on the 4th local time to discuss plans to close schools and universities at all levels in the country by the middle of March to cope with the spread of the new coronavirus.
Giovanni Reza, head of the infectious diseases department of the National Institutes of health in Italy, has said that the number of confirmed cases is expected to grow at a high speed in the future.
With regard to the development of the epidemic in Italy, foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that China is willing to provide assistance within its capabilities in epidemic prevention and control, medical treatment and other aspects according to Italy’s needs, and is willing to strengthen communication in professional fields with Italy and exchange experience and technology in epidemic prevention and control.