The move is tantamount to sacrificing the Italian economy in the short term to save it from the ravages of the virus in the long term. They will prevent the free movement of roughly 16 million people. Funerals and cultural events are all banned under the measures. The decree required distance of one meter, including in sporting events, bars and supermarkets.
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Tennis was hurled into the coronavirus maelstrom on Monday after the overnight cancellation of the Indian Wells Masters, the biggest event outside the four majors. It also looks likely that the similarly important Miami Open, due to start on 25 March, will be called off. Rolling disruptions to the schedule will continue, according to informed sources, although they say it is too early to make a call on the French Open or Wimbledon in mid-summer. As for the European clay season which begins next month, there is mounting speculation about the viability of Monte Carlo whose directors are expected to decide within the next 10 days , Madrid, Barcelona and Rome, the lead-up to the French Open.
If you have traveled internationally the past 2 months, you may have encountered them: health officers briefly pointing a thermometer gun at your forehead or watching as you go by to check for signs of a cough or difficulty breathing. Many countries are now watching arriving and departing air passengers who might suffer from the viral disease COVID; some require passengers to fill out health declarations. Some also simply ban or quarantine those who have recently been in outbreak hot spots. Just last week, eight passengers who later tested positive for COVID arrived in Shanghai from Italy and passed the airport screeners unnoticed, for example. And even if screeners do find the occasional case, it has almost no impact on the course of an outbreak. He and others say screening is often instituted to show that a government is taking action, even if the impact is marginal. Still, researchers say, there can be benefits. Evaluating and quizzing passengers before they board planes—exit screening—may prevent some who are sick or were exposed to a virus from traveling. Entry screening, done on arrival at the destination airport, can be an opportunity to gather contact information that is useful if it turns out an infection did spread during a flight and to give travelers guidance on what to do if they become ill. Just this week, U.