Serie A suspended to combat coronavirus threat

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has announced that Serie A matches and all other sporting events in Italy are to be suspended until April 3 due to the growing spread of the coronavirus.

“Health protection is the top priority for everyone, “said the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) in a statement that was released after a meeting between major Italian sports federations.

After the meeting, CONI called for all sporting codes including Serie A to be suspended with the government issuing a decree to enforce the measure which came into effect on Tuesday morning.

Over the weekend, five Serie A games were played in empty stadiums including the encounter between Juventus and Inter Milan.

With only 12 rounds go, defending champions Juventus are at the summit of the log table, with a one-point lead over second-placed Lazio.

“I am going to sign a decree that can be summarised as follows: I stay at home. Travel must be avoided across the entire peninsula unless it is justified by professional reasons, by cases of need or for health reasons,” said Conte.

According to AFP, Italy recorded a record 133 deaths on Sunday and immediately announced that it was ordering 22 million surgical masks – even though doctors question how effective they are in halting the spread of viral infections.

“Today is our moment of responsibility. We cannot let our guard down. Everyone must give up something to protect the health of citizens,” added the  Italian Prime Minister, Conte.

By FARPost Reporter 

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