2020 has seen a new type of virus disease that originated from Chinese province and somehow within 4 months of attacking its first patient, it spread to more than 200 countries around the globe. This is perhaps the most dangerous and contagious virus pandemic that has attacked more than 3 million people in so many countries. World has seen similar virus attacks in past with MERS and SARS being the members of same coronavirus family but they didn’t spread to more than a few countries with SARS only attacking less than 8000 people globally. COVID 19 on the other hand is difficult to handle because it doesn’t show the symptoms for at least 14 days and when the first symptom shows up, it’s already too late for the patient. Among the major countries, Italy comes 2nd on the list of highest number of confirmed patients in the world with USA being on the top of the list with more than 1 million cases. Italy was the first European country to be attacked by this virus and it’s still at the top of the list in European countries to have this much infected patients and deaths.

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  • December 2019: Some patients with almost similar symptoms were hospitalized in Wuhan China and the healthcare department suspected that it might be a new disease or virus.
  • 9th January 2020: Chinese government identified the virus and named it coronavirus or SARS-COV-2 and immediately notified nations around the world about the possible outbreak of this virus.
  • Late January 2020: China confirms that there is definitive outbreak of COVID 19 and it might spread to other countries if not contained immediately.
  • 31st January 2020: First 2 cases of COVID 19 were reported in Italy. The patients were a Chinese couple who originally came from Wuhan and after arriving in Italy and then Rome, they developed early symptoms of COVID 19 and after test conducted, it was confirmed that they had COVID 19. This is the same date when Italian government suspended all flights to and from China for up to 6 months.
  • 3rd February 2020: Italy ordered enhanced screening of all travelers and passengers arriving at various airports with advanced thermal cameras and on site specialized medical staff to handle possible COVID 19 positive passengers.
  • Mid February 2020: The ministry of health instructed the citizens not to visit any hospital or medical facility if they have the initial symptoms of COVID 19 but to call the emergency number and wait for the medical staff to visit and take specimen for COVID 19 testing.
  • End February 2020: Italian prime minister cancelled all sport activities including very important football matches and citizens were not allowed to move from one city to another or from one region to another in large groups.
  • 8th March 2020: Initially the Italian government only locked down the hotspot regions of COVID 19 but later, the lockdown was issued for the entire country. This made more than 60 million people stay at home across the entire nation. There were more than 10,000 confirmed patients before 10th March with death toll below 500.
  • Mid March 2020: Italian president of national health institute confirmed that the COVID 19 virus attached reached its peak position and from this point forward, the nation will start seeing decline in new cases and deaths.
  • End March 2020: Although the citizens were against strict lockdown but after 3 weeks of strict stay-at-home instructions, the situation started getting better with visible decrease in the number of new patients and deaths in various regions. As of this moment, there were more than 100,000 confirmed patients with death toll surpassed 12,000.
  • 1st April 2020: Italian government after evaluating the benefits of lockdown extended the orders till 13th April and health department started broadcasting clear instructions for people to go outside for grocery shopping and emergency situations. Social distancing, wearing protective mask and gloves and not standing close to another person are some of the instructions given by the health department.
  • 10th April 2020: Government once again extended the lockdown till 3rd of May due to clear decrease in the new patients and death due to COVID 19. As of this date, there were more than 150,000 confirmed patients across the nation with death toll a little shy of 20,000.
  • Mid April 2020: Government issues some relaxation in the lockdown situation and allowed some businesses to open and start their operations with precautions and implementation of all safety measures.

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