- “We have allocated an emergency sum of €25 billion,” Conte told news reporters.
- In recent days, Italy has become the most seriously affected country by the epidemic outside China.
- The number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 13.
The Italian Government has announced that it would provide €25 billion to fight the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19), which has already left more than 600 dead in the country. The announcement was made today by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte. Of the amount, approximately half will be used for emergencies, while the other half would be used for possible future needs in the country.
“We have allocated an emergency sum of €25 billion,” Conte told news reporters on the sidelines of a meeting on the government’s response to the rapidly escalating health crisis. The entire sum “will not all be used immediately,” Conte added. A week ago, Italy decided to release €7.5 billion for the fight against coronavirus. Still, in view of the worsening situation, the Government took another step, despite a significant deficit in public finances and debt.
The Covid-19 epidemic was detected in December in China and has already claimed more than 4,200 lives worldwide. Some 117,000 people have been infected in more than a hundred countries, and more than 63,000 have recovered.
In recent days, Italy has become the most seriously affected country by the epidemic outside China, with 631 dead and more than 10,100 infected with the new coronavirus, which causes respiratory infections like pneumonia. The quarantine that had initially been imposed by the Italian Government in the north of the country has been extended to the whole of Italy.
13 Coronavirus Cases in South Africa.
The number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 13, including a 40-year-old man who had just returned from Portugal, the nation’s Health Minister, Zwelini Mkhize, announced in a statement today. The minister indicated that South African health officials have identified in the last few days six new cases of coronavirus in the country, which was hit by the epidemic on March 5, through a group of 10 people who had visited Italy.
Of the first seven who tested positive, one has since recovered from the infection, the minister said. The new cases of Covid-19 in South Africa are in Gauteng, a province surrounding Johannesburg and Pretoria (4 cases); in KwaZulu- Natal (1) and in the Western Cape (1), indicates the statement published on the social network Twitter.
The statement said the 40-year-old man who visited Portugal returned to South Africa last Saturday, March 7, without specifying his nationality.
Among the new confirmed cases in South Africa, says the same source, are; a 33-year-old woman who was in Italy and returned on March 1; a couple 34 (man) and 33 (woman) who returned from Germany last Monday, March 9; a 57-year-old man who traveled through Austria and Italy having returned to South Africa also on March 9 and another 36-year-old who visited several countries, namely Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Turkey, before returning on March 9 to South Africa.
Health authorities have carried out 3,642 Covid-19 tests to date, as noted in the statement from the South African Ministry of Health.