The Italian government wants to stop the spread of the coronavirus in the north of the country and seal off the most affected cities. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the emergency measure after crisis talks with the country's civil protection authority. "The goal is to protect the health of the Italian population," he said.
In Italy, a total of 76 people have Covid-19, more than in any other European country. The infected people are spread across the northern regions of Veneto, Piedmont and Lombardy. In these regions, the most affected cities are to be cordoned off, and tens of thousands of people are affected by the measure. In the areas, with the exception of special exemptions, residents are not permitted to enter or leave the country, said Conte.
In ten municipalities in Lombardy, schools and a large part of the shops have already been temporarily closed, and around 50,000 residents have been called on to stay at home. Major events such as services, carnivals and sports events were prohibited. Measures are also being prepared in Veneto to prevent the virus from spreading further. Among other things, the government has canceled two first division football matches.
France is preparing for epidemic
In the morning, an army plane with 19 Italians landed in Rome, who had been quarantined for two weeks on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Japan. You will now be housed in a military complex in Rome. Hundreds of people had been infected among the ship's passengers, and two people had died. Two people have also died in Italy, including a 78-year-old man from Veneto and a woman from Lombardy.
Meanwhile, France is preparing for a possible further spread of Sars-CoV-2. The situation in Italy is "being followed closely," said Health Minister Olivier Véran in an interview with Le Parisien . The French government is preparing for an epidemic.
The number of infections so far recorded in official statistics is just under 78,000. Around 2,000 people are ill outside of China, most of them in South Korea, where the number has recently increased from 204 to 433 cases. Of the more than 76,000 cases in China, over 2,300 were fatal, and so far a total of 16 people outside of China have died from the virus. However, experts assume that the number of unreported cases is much higher.