Wednesday, March 11, 2020

#BreakingNews Italy and Vatican under Coronavirus Lockdown as over 10,000 People are Infected and over 600 Deaths



Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Wednesday that the government will set more money aside to handle the outbreak, raising it to 25 billion euros ($28.3 billion). According to CNBC more than 10,000 people have now been confirmed to have the Coronavirus in Italy as a national lockdown remains in place, with even tougher measures being considered. All schools, pubs, are closed and events are cancelled. Italy has now 10,149 confirmed cases of the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University and Italy’s Civil Protection agency, and 631 deaths from the virus Covid-19. VaticanNews reports that the St. Peter’s Basilica and museums are closed to tourists. The Vatican announces stricter measures to control the spread of the covid-19 coronavirus, including closing St. Peter’s Basilica and other public services.  St. Peter’s Basilica and Square will remain closed to tourists and guided tours until 3 April. The Holy See Press Office announced the closures on Tuesday afternoon in a communique. As of Tuesday, the Vatican Post Office’s mobile unit in St. Peter’s Square will also be shut down, along with the two sales points of the Vatican Publishing House and the Photographic Service of the Osservatore Romano, which will remain available online. The Vatican’s mess hall will close its doors to employees as of Wednesday, but is activating a meal delivery service for the various offices of the Holy See and the Vatican City State. Guests and employees can still access the Vatican pharmacy and supermarket, though entrances will be restricted to avoid crowds forming inside. The measures will remain in effect until at least 3 April 2020 to avoid spreading the Covid-19 coronavirus, according to the communique.

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