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New Coronavirus COVID-19: Measures Adopted in Italy and Precautions (Updated on March 12)



New Coronavirus COVID-19: Measures Adopted in Italy and Precautions (Updated on March 12)

The Embassy of Italy informs that the Italian government has created a single central structure for the prevention, control and response to the infection by the new "coronavirus" and that the operations are managed in coordination with all local authorities.

Italy was among the first countries to establish strict control measures and the number of infected patients is updated and checked daily. Symptoms can be mild such as a cold, sore throat, cough and fever, or more severe such as pneumonia and breathing difficulties. The people most susceptible to severe forms are the elderly and those with pre-existing diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

The Italian authorities have set up an emergency telephone number that everyone can call for free from Italy for advice and indications: 1500. All Afghan citizens in Italy who need medical assistance or tests can call this number and have it checked at the competent centers in public hospitals.

Following the great spread of the virus in our country and the declaration of the pandemic by the World Health Organization, the Italian government adopted on 11 March further extraordinary measures for the containment and management of epidemiological risk that apply to the whole national territory.

The normative texts and detailed indications on the measures adopted, which include the closure of commercial establishments and the suspension of personal mobility, can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation by clicking here.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to those of normal flu, which is present throughout Europe in many different forms right now. This produces a concern that is greater than the actual risk of contracting the coronavirus and a higher reporting of suspected cases than those actually related to the new virus. In order to limit the possibility of contagion, the Ministry of Health has released an information leaflet which can be downloaded by clicking here.

The monitoring continues carefully and the Italian government expects that, with the increase in controls and preventive measures, a decrease in cases of infection can be achieved.

Updated information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Health reachable thanks to the link in the margin of this page.






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