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Coronavirus: UK should have gone into lockdown 10 days ago, Italy's scientific adviser warns

Walter Ricciardi, who called Italy's lockdown, tells Sky News the UK is at risk of a worse infection rate than his home country.

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UK lockdown '10 days too late'
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the uk should have gone into lockdown 10 days ago and is now at risk of having a worse coronavirus infection rate than italy, a world health organisation (who) expert has warned.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人walter ricciardi, the italian government's scientific adviser, who called italy's lockdown, told sky news that the uk had the benefit of seeing what happened in his home nation and should have learned lessons.

The Italian WHO representative compared recent images of packed trains on the London Underground with a football match in Milan last month, which is believed to have accelerated the COVID-19微信斗牛要从哪里拉人 outbreak in northern Italy.

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Image: A packed train in London on Monday, when an Italian expert says the UK should have been locked down

"when we scientists put the evidence on your table, you should take action," mr ricciardi said.

"when you take the decision late you pay a price in sick people and in deaths."

some 40,000 football fans travelled from bergamo to san siro stadium to watch atalanta beat valencia on 19 february.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人that event is believed to have poured petrol on the coronavirus crisis in bergamo in the region of lombardy, now the epicentre of this pandemic.

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during the UEFA Champions League match at Giuseppe Meazza, Milan. Picture date: 19th February 2020. Picture credit should read: Jonathan Moscrop/Sportimage
Image: A football match between Atalanta and Valencia was blamed for helping spread the virus in Italy

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人mr ricciardi said: "when i looked at some images of the london tube or some mass gatherings that happened when we already had the impression that this was dangerous, this was a kind of example that could have been avoided.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人"having had the example of italy, the uk could have adopted its (lockdown) much earlier."

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人he said the delay in calling a lockdown in the uk - which was announced on monday by prime minister boris johnson - could result in a higher infection rate than italy.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人mr ricciardi added that normality as we know it will not resume until a covid-19 vaccine is found and social distancing will have to be maintained.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人it could be the summer before we travel again within europe, he added.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人italy is now the worst-hit country by the coronavirus outbreak after more than 8,000 deaths.

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the reasons behind the huge death rate in italy are complex but largely thought to be down to the country's population profile, the second oldest in the world.

the high concentration of cases in one area of northern italy has also put pressure on a healthcare system that struggled to cope with the number of dying and sick.

by delaying the decision to lockdown the uk, mr ricciardi said it makes it inevitable british people will have to endure these conditions for longer.

"i think at least one month but i guess it could be even longer," he said.

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conditions in italy have tightened in the last week. exercise is more restricted and fines have increased to €3,000 for anyone found outside with a valid reason and the right documents.

微信斗牛要从哪里拉人mr ricciardi says he hopes the lockdown will not follow the wuhan model of three months, but he expects it will be weeks before there is any relief for italians.

he is now advising the government to adopt south korean-style tracking, using people's mobile phones so they can monitor the movements and contact those who test positive.

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