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The corona virus is starting to make its presence across Europe with fresh cases being diagnosed in Austria Croatia and Switzerland. The people affected have visited northern Italy. Recently it has become the it has become Europe's worst affected country with more than three hundred cases and eleven deaths and just last night. It was announced that the huge furniture show salone. Del Mobile in Milan is to be postponed from late April to June this year as a precautionary measure while Enrico Franceschini is the London correspondent for La Repubblica. And I'm delighted to say he joins me on the line a very warm welcome back to the program and Reiki and before we start looking at the wider approach. Could you just bring us up to date with this news about Solo? Neil Mobile. Well it is one of the many things in in the calendar that have been canceled. You have to understand it For example seeks games. Oh practically Oldham says gained the Major League of football have been played without public So same applies to Basketball Games and Schools are closed. The university closed in northern Italy in six regions and This is the latest fashion week. Milan the last two days were cancelled. The last two days of the Carnival in Venice tour cancelled. So it's a huge cancellation of which the last let me mention. Is that the the newest today in the newspapers. That forty percent off bookings from curious have been cancelled all across Italy which is can put the country very quickly into a recession or this is a country which is the point of recession anyway before Corona virus began Tell us what the threats do phase off for For the for the Italian economy. Well threat is the economy will leases close to a standstill? We did them. Their factories offices have not been closed yet Many many companies are asking their employees to work from home. If they can of course were they do not have to produce thinks that but the loss for Italy can be Our stock exchanges plunging like everywhere else In the world and it's difficult to understand what can be done to avoid damage the government to start to take very harsh measures at the beginning of this crisis now Last night the prime minister said that we have to stop the panic but the panic is out there already. One thing that You mentioned what the measures might be. The financial measures. Is that lurks telly. The Deputy Economy Minister says the European Union should be prepared to step in if Italy's economy suddenly start to to to develop big con problems. I mean as you say. It was not in a good state. Beforehand economy contracted by point three percent in the last quarter is the EU is possibilities at the the. The Brussels should become a little bit more flexible on its budget targets for Italy. Yes it is and the the first signals from brasler Saturday they would goes down Over the limits that will allow it as an emergency measure so these is possible but the economic crisis can become so steep and so serious that this was even be enough. We know how long this crisis could gone and at the same time. It's the paradox. Is that the majority of these? Three hundred twenty five gazes at it'd been limited to very small areas to clusters of small cities. Were in all sixty thousand. People leave the country with sixty five million people and they will. The other case is somehow connected with this. It's not that we have had Turkey cases in Milano or or fifty cases in thirty in the big industrial city. So it's very very limited over there but the fear that the silent bureaus is going through the system. He's put creating this. This panic wearing no supermarkets have been emptied the and the the we see a la Scala. Their famous theater balandras cancelled all. It's a shows and the churches are empty squares that are empty many. Cd's and people are afraid of content. It does bring into question. The ways that you can in fact contain the outbreak of a virus. The World Health Organization yesterday praised China for its ability to Effectively seal off parts of its country to ensure that the corona virus did not spread. The political. Argument has been made that you can do that in China because the infrastructure is already that limit movement to limit free speech for central control to take place. It's a very different situation when you've got a country like Italy and you've got a region like the European Union which is extremely used to free movement free expression no borders and indeed. The Italians don't like to be You know limited in their travel because it has a distant memories of the past years Appointed these valid argument on the other end the et did the use the same similar measures to China. This these cities have been completely closed. The police surrounded them. The streets are empty and nobody can enter. Nobody can go out. Of course maybe someone had gone out before the problem is we don't know for our longer. Divider was spreading. The seeds may be lower level of intensity and then slowly made inking inroads in other parts of the country and from those now we see a case nor staircase in France. One argument was at the beginning. That Italy has tested more people than other Kansas which is valid for France for example France At tested hundreds of people easily tested four thousand people and so the number of cases is is higher but in Britain. The people Tested there is almost seven thousand Morton Italy and the number of cases Betty Law. It's possible that one problem was that has been mentioned that easily stopped the interrupted all the flights from China. Why other countries like Britain did not about and and these provoked the maybe some people who had the disease to come back maybe through Germany or to France and come back to Italy while May Be but it was able to monitor people coming in from this flights but these are all Speculations it's difficult to know exactly out. Evita's branded and and what will happen