Italy on lockdown and Prime Minister places the North under quarantine

Italy on lockdown and Prime Minister places the North under quarantine

More than 16 million people were placed under forced quarantine in northern Italy in a drastic move by the Italian Government putting Italy on lockdown.

Early on Sunday morning, the government approved the drastic measures in an attempt to halt the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) that is sweeping across the globe.

Italy has witnessed a surge in new coronavirus cases, prompting new measures to stave off the outbreak. Rome has enacted sweeping measures to limit mobility and assembly in the region of Lombardy and 14 nearby provinces.

Italy has now closed cinemas, theatres, museums across the country.  Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte tweeted a message saying “I just signed the new decree,”. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Twitter he had signed off on plans to strictly limit movement in and out of large areas including Venice and the financial capital Milan for nearly a month.

The government decree said the Lombardy region’s population of 10 million should avoid movement within the region except in cases of “proven occupational needs,” such as medical staff and health reasons putting the north of Italy on lockdown.

Other areas targeted by the measures include the provinces of Alessandria, Asti, Modena, Novara, Padua, Parma, Piacenza, Pesaro and Urbino, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Treviso, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli and Venice.

Coronavirus Update

The global tally for the number of infected by Coronavirus has risen to over a 100,000 dwarfing the levels other viruses.
An epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people. An Epidemic refers to a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area
Pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.
The Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte, on Tuesday, extended a travel ban from Lombardy to the entire country in a drastic bid to halt the world's second-biggest coronavirus outbreak.
Italians moving around must sign a form self-certifying that they are travelling for "proven work needs,’’ situations of necessity, to buy drugs or to return home. anyone caught lying will be prosecuted.
The lockdown applies to all public places and shops with Grocery shops and pharmacies are the only exception to the closure rules. So you can still buy food and essentials.

With more than 230 fatalities, Italy has recorded the most deaths from the COVID-19 disease of any country outside China, where the outbreak began in December.

Italy has the world’s second-oldest population after Japan, according to the World Bank, and older people appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the new coronavirus.


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