More countries will have to adopt Italy-style virus steps

It is handiest a depend of time till extra European countries undertake the kind of competitive steps that Italy is taking to combat the unfold of the coronavirus, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated on Sunday.Italy, Austria’s southern neighbor, imposed a virtual lockdown throughout a swathe of its wealthy north on Sunday which includes the monetary capital Milan, in a drastic new try and try to incorporate a rapidly developing outbreak.

Kurz told broadcaster ORF the situation in Austria — where health authorities have reported 99 showed coronavirus instances so far — was below control and the measures it has adopted were proper, despite the fact that probably not the final steps required.Austria said last week it might introduce “spot” health exams at its border with Italy for two weeks.Austria could “of course” close schools, kindergartens and universities or curb huge activities if needed, Kurz said, adding he was in touch with the leaders of different European countries.

“It will be essential to decide which steps to take while. You can close schools for one or weeks and this is urgently vital in Italy. It will show up in other European countries. The decisive question is when to do it,” Kurz stated.

The dilemma is how to head off a height in infections that could paralyze public health structures with out doing too much financial damage, he added.

“You have to recall cautiously while to undertake these measures due to the fact a countrywide economy can’t deal with this over too long a period,” he added.

He stated the virus outbreak would weigh on Austrian monetary growth, firstly projected at 1.2-1.7 percentage this year, however did no longer elaborate.