On January 31st, 2020, the Italian Council of Ministers has announced a six-month state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Our Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is currently ruling over our country by a series of emergency decrees to deal with emergency and restrictive measures have been imposed throughout the country, which is presently in complete lockdown.
In the struggle to save lives, movement in Italy has been severely restricted in and out of the country and people cannot leave their homes unless they have urgent, verified professional reasons, for food shopping, medical issues and any other emergency reason. All shops are closed, except for pharmacies and those stocking food; companies have been ordered to shut non-essential departments.
Italian National Service
The Head of the Civil Protection Department (Italian National Service), Mr. Angelo Borrelli, is responsible for the coordination of all necessary activities to both counter and deal with the emergency nationwide. The institutional website of the Department of Civil Protection - Presidency of the Council of Ministers is updated on a daily basis:
Italian Foreign Ministry
We strongly advise you to pay close attention to the instructions given by Farnesina.
Universities and schools
Italian primary and secondary schools, as well as higher education institutions, have been closed to students until the 3rd of April 2020 and most likely an extension shall be applied.
The University of Catania is closed too, but an emergency plan around the online education service has been set up on time by our Rector, prof. Francesco Priolo. Admin staff members still work in essential departments thanks to flexible working. A number of about 1800 online courses are currently being delivered via the Microsoft Teams platform.
An online public relation office desk (email@example.com) is always available for both national and international users to answer all their questions.
If you require any further information about any interruptions and/or suspensions of your international mobility programme, please do not hesitate to contact the competent office: International Mobility Office [firstname.lastname@example.org - more contacts here].
Help those who help us
The University of Catania is tirelessly promoting and fundraising for Catania’s city hospitals. They are in dire need for medical equipment and protective devices in order for them to respond to Covid-19.
Erasmus+ INDIRE National Agency is responding to this emergency through specific guidelines, for both incoming and outgoing students, along with teaching staff and staff members, hence the reason for some compulsory procedures in order to safeguard the correct management of mobility suspensions, interruptions and cancellations due to a force majeure event caused by the outbreak of COVID–19 virus. Please read as follows:
Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
Be aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing or before eating.
Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of respiratory illness.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue.
Do not take any antiviral/antibiotic drugs, unless directed to do so by a doctor.
Clean off surfaces with chlorine or alcohol-based disinfectants.
Wear a face mask only if you suspect you are ill, or if you are assisting someone else who is ill.
Do not worry about handling anything made or shipped from China.
Do not worry about catching coronavirus from a pet.
Call the government's coronavirus hotline on 1500 for emergency advice or if you have returned from China in the last 14 days.