Italian Premier unveils 5-point plan to battle coronavirus

Social distancing is considered first part of his plan

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte outlined a five-point plan for managing the coronavirus epidemic on Tuesday.

Addressing Italy’s House of representatives, Conte said that the plan will focus on:

  • Continued social distancing with use of masks and gloves until a vaccine or a therapy is available.
  • Reinforcing the health care system, and paying special attention to care homes to “avoid another out-of-control explosion of contagion.”
  • Creating special Covid-19 hospitals designated to cater exclusively to coronavirus patients.
  • Conducting antibody testing in a large study to determine the spread of the virus among the population. Conte said 300,000 serological tests have been requested.
  • Contact tracing. Last week the government officially chose a contract tracing app, called Immuni, which is in the testing phase, but the choice to download it will be voluntary, Conte said.
  • Courtesy: CNN

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