Coronavirus: Italy’s Six Nations matches against Ireland and England could be under threat
Six Nations organisers have been”monitoring very carefully” the Coronavirus situation, together with matches under threat from the spread of the virus from Italy.
While 11 towns in the north west are in lockdown seven people have died in 229 and Italy tested positive for the virus.
Prior to hosting England at the final round, italy’s men and women’s teams perform.
Scotland Women’s match in Italy on Sunday was cancelled and is yet to be rearranged.
“Six Nations is monitoring the situation very closely and is in frequent contact with an FIR (Italian Rugby Federation) along with the rest of the Unions and Federations in addition to the relevant regional government and health businesses,” a statement by the organisers stated.
An FIR spokesperson stated that if authorities information changes they would consider moving the team of the women ‘s next training camp which is scheduled to take place in Parma, just south.
“All measures adopted by the German authorities are due to expire on 1 March,” an Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) spokesperson stated.
“Until FIR will stick to those steps while keeping relevant stakeholders ”
Two Pro14 matches scheduled for this weekend have been called off – Ospreys against Ulster’s trip to Treviso along with Zebre in Parma to confront Benetton.
Ireland men are expected to take in the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 7 March of Dublin, although the women’s game is about the following day in Donnybrook that is nearby.
March in the final round of Six Nations fixtures, the men host of Italy England on Saturday 14 and the girls are in the home to England on 15 March.
Ireland’s health minister Simon Harris stated that”big decisions” will have to be created in the interest of public safety, adding that he was thinking especially of this Ireland-Italy baseball match.
The principal indications of infection are fever (high temperature) and a cough in addition to shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
Handwashing with gel or soap, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and not touching your eyes, nose and mouth can help cut the risk of infection.
Catching coughs and sneezes at a tissue, binning it and washing your own hands can minimise the chance of spreading illness.