PortandTerminal.com, March 9, 2020
Italians woke up on Sunday morning to the announcement that the government was taking the most dramatic measures yet try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Around 16 million people in the country’s prosperous northern region of Lombardy have been put in lock-down.
MILAN, ITALY – With 7,375 confirmed cases and 366 deaths, Italy is dealing with the third-largest outbreak of coronavirus in the world (March 9)
In fact, officially (not that anyone believes it) Italy has more recorded cases than Iran where it is so bad, some corpses of victims are reportedly being buried in mass graves. Iran is widely believed to be massively understating the severity of its coronavirus epidemic.
As things started getting more serious last week Italy closed all schools, day-care facilities, and universities, until mid-March at the earliest.
Then on Sunday morning, Italians woke to the announcement that the government was taking the most dramatic measures yet try to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Around 16 million people in the country’s prosperous northern region of Lombardy were being put in lock-down.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that people will be restricted from entering areas designated as “red zones,” except for ”undeferrable work needs or emergency situations’,’ until at least early April.
The area of the country under lock-down is the country’s most important economic region, one which is responsible for about 20% of the nation’s economy. Put another way: economically, Italy is trying to lock down the output of California, Oregon and Washington states combined. For an entire month.
In terms of population, imagine that Los Angeles was at the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak and was put under quarantine. The chart below shows the region of California that would have to be put on lock-down to quarantine 16 million Californians.
Milan’s Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that under the decree, deliveries of goods will continue, and airports and train stations will be open. But people traveling in and out of the quarantine zone or between provinces will have to provide documentation from a doctor or an employer that their movements were necessary.
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Today, there are reports today of rioting at 27 prisons across the country by inmates angry over the suspension of visits, a measure implemented to try and control the spread of the virus. Six inmates are reported to have been killed.
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