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19 March 2020 06:40

Italy has been the second-worst affected country during the coronavirus outbreak and remains on a nationwide lockdown.

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Coronavirus Italy: How long has Italy been on lockdown?

Organisers of the competition, which involves acts from all over the continent, said: "The health of artists, staff, fans and visitors, as well as the situation in the Netherlands, Europe and the world, is at the heart of this decision." More than 60 million people are living under an increasingly unbearable lockdown that is growing tighter by the day. Even so, the number of novel coronavirus cases in the country is rising at a rate of around 3,500 new cases or more every day, and the death toll has topped 2,500. There are encouraging signs that the number of new cases in the original red zone in northern Italy may be leveling off, but experts say it is far too soon to consider this a reliable trend. There are more than 2,000 people in intensive care units across Italy--the worst-affected country in Europe--according to the latest official figures. Most are concentrated in Lombardy, where the crisis exploded on February 23, but many fear there will be new hotspot areas further south, where infrastructure is was already weaker and where fewer people are adhering to the lockdown measures.

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Police have given citations to nearly 200,000 people across the country and have said they will clamp down even more, starting this weekend, if people continue to flout the restrictions. Dr. Giorgio Palù, the former president of the European and Italian Society for Virology and a professor of virology and microbiology of the University of Padova, told CNN he'd hoped to see the first signs of a change after just over a week of nationwide lockdown, but that has yet to materialize. "Yesterday we expected to have a change after almost 10 days of this new measure... Palù said that looking at the number of new cases on a graph, the slope of the curve is still rising, making it hard to impossible when the lockdown will start to reap tangible benefits. "There was a proposal to isolate people coming from the epicenter, coming from China," he said.

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"Then it became seen as racist, but they were people coming from the outbreak." That, he said, led to the current devastating situation. Two weeks after Bonini contracted the virus from her boyfriend, a doctor working in a hospital in Brescia, she has now tested negative. But she will remain in quarantine until she tests negative for the virus a second time. "In Lombardy, where I am from, the healthcare system has collapsed," she told CNN, adding that doctors were triaging patients to decide which ones to treat. Grimaldi said the only way to fight the battle to keep the healthcare system from total collapse is to increase resources.

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Grimaldi said that without more resources, the doctors will continue to struggle to keep up. "Today Italy is in the hands of doctors and nurses: there is a team work on the first lines that is fighting a battle for the patient," he told CNN. If we can end the epidemic here in Italy, we can stop the epidemic in Europe and the world." Italy was the first to stop flights to China, first country in Europe to do the lockdown." "Of course, Italy's government responded faster and better than many other European countries. Now we are all paying, not just in Italy, but also other European countries. As people default on their loans, both personal and business, the banks will likely need help, and the domino effect of this historical crisis will last long after Italy stops tallying new cases.

Italy has been the second-worst affected country during the coronavirus outbreak and remains on a nationwide lockdown. Retired medics have been asked to return to work in Italy's worst-affected region while 2,978 deaths have thus far been reported in the country. With the outbreak therefore showing no signs of slowing in Italy, here's a reminder of how long the country has been on lockdown, and which other countries are too. How long has Italy been on lockdown? Voice note messages shared on social media and Whatsapp which claim to have intel from police and people in the armed forces alleged that a bill will introduce a similar lockdown to that seen in Italy. Read the latest updates:Coronavirus news live Currently, one of NASA's works includes tracking asteroids and just recently, an asteroid has been identified to pass Earth close enough to cause an "airburst"! The first asteroid was then named the 2020 EF and the second one named 2020 DP4 which have both been the subject of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies or CNEOS. The good news is CNEOS said that despite being incredibly close to Earth's atmosphere, the size of the asteroid would be too small for it to survive close contact with Earth's surface. The asteroid thankfully measures only 98 feet in diameter despite traveling really fast at the speed of 10,000 mph. The excitement will not stop there since the second asteroid called the 2020 DP4 is actually much bigger and is traveling much faster than the 2020 EF. The second asteroid has been estimated to be about 180 feet wide and will travel with a massive velocity rate of about 18,000 mph CNEOS reports. Experts believe that despite the speed of both asteroids, they are within safe sizes to cause damage towards Earth. The only thing people can expect is that in some parts of the world, an air burst would be visible for them. According to previous research, most explosions that were recorded around Earth's atmosphere were most likely caused by air bursts when meteors exploded as they just recently hit the thickest part of Earth's atmosphere. Right before these large meteors enter Earth's atmosphere, they were originally classified as asteroids and comets of a few all the way to several tens of meters in diameter which differentiates them from the much smaller and much more common "shooting stars". Read Also: Watch Stunning Video of Asteroid That Nearly Misses Earth: NASA Warns We Might Only Have 120 Years Left! The largest recorded asteroid was the 3122 Florence (1981 ET3) which passed by the Earth last September 1, 2017 which came surprisingly near.

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