Italy: Mayor of Vo shares town's experience in defeating coronavirus spread

26 марта 2020 г. 19:01

Giuliano Martini, the mayor of Vo in Italy's Veneto region, shared his town's successful experience in fighting the spread of the coronavirus, on Wednesday. Martini stressed that the town hasn't had any new cases in recent days. After having what's thought to be Italy's first coronavirus-related death back in February, the town was put under a strict quarantine and cordoned off from the rest of the country, with reportedly 97 percent of its population tested for the virus. According to the mayor, the check-ups allowed authorities to conduct a prompt isolation of coronavirus patients, preventing the further spread of the virus. He also added that the research conducted showed that «50 percent to 75 percent of positive people are asymptomatic.» «The only action that has proven effective is to isolate the population,» stressed Martini, adding that he is afraid that after the cordon is lifted, new coronavirus cases might appear. With 74,386 infected people and 7,503 deaths, Italy has been the European country most affected by the coronavirus. Globally there have been over 450,000 cases since the start of the outbreak, and over 20,000 deaths as of Wednesday.

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