Europe, extraordinary measures for coronavirus

As coronavirus continues to spread in Europe, extraordinary measures are being taken on the continent. The organizers of the London Book Fair, one of the largest gatherings in the publishing industry, have canceled the fair. Airlines have also significantly reduced flights. In Italy, where coronavirus deaths are second only to China, the government has shut down all schools and universities by mid-March and has postponed all sporting events for the next month with fan participation. Cases of coronavirus have so far appeared in 80 countries around the world. The rapid spread of the virus is forcing authorities in many countries to take drastic measures. In Britain, the number has risen to 90, but so far authorities, fearing economic damage, have not yet taken steps to restrict movement or cancel large rallies. Some activities, however, are being canceled, such as the London Book Fair, which was scheduled for next week. The fair usually brings together about 25,000 writers, publishers and agents. British Health Minister Matt Hancock on Thursday warned tough weeks in efforts to combat the spread of the virus. His comments came after the bankruptcy of the British airline Flybe, which the outbreak of the virus gave the last blow. Other airlines in Europe are also in trouble and have had to suspend part of the flights. Italy is the European country hardest hit by COVID-19, with the death toll above 148 and the number of infections to 3,850. Italian Education Minister Lucia Azzolina announced Wednesday that with the rapidly changing epidemiological situation, the government had decided to close all schools and universities starting Thursday through March 15th. She said she understood that this was “a decision with consequences” and added that as education minister, she obviously wanted pupils and students to return to school as soon as possible. Some students enjoyed the idea of ​​not going to school for a while, although the minister of education made it clear that schools and universities would make every effort to ensure that students would continue their studies at home so that they would not miss out. behind. Eighteen-year-old Riccardo Romano, who heads to Rome’s Righi Lyceum, expressed concern about the government’s decision. Closing schools, Romano said, was the right thing to limit the spread of the virus. But he said the government should also shut down discotheques and ban bus travel because people there are at risk of getting the virus. He said students are not the ones most at risk. The elderly are the biggest concern and the Italian government has asked them to stay inside as much as possible. He also advised everyone to keep a distance, at least one meter from others, and to avoid kissing or hugging and shaking hands. In addition, sporting events, such as football matches, will be played behind closed doors throughout the next month.