Coronavirus: Italy quarantines 16 million people over COVID-19
The Italian Government has successfully placed over 16 million people under quarantine in a aid to combat the fast spread of the deadly virus that broke out from Wuhan, China.
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Sunday, 8th March, 2020 issued a decree restricting the mobility of 16 million persons in the country involving the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighboring regions. Milan, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, and Venice are also at risk of massive infection.
Giuseppe Conte also made known the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other event centers across and around the nation.
“For Lombardy and for the other northern provinces that I have listed, there will be a ban for everybody to move in and out of these territories and also within the same territory,” Conte added.
“Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues.”
“We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”
“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”
The action will be active until the 3rd of April 2020.
This comes as a follow-up after Italy reported its huge daily add-up in COVID-19 cases since its outburst from China in March, 2020. The number of people infected rose to 1,247, taking their tally to 5,883 with the death toll increasing to 233.