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June 17, 2020

"The affirmations of these days are astonishing, according to which the Lombardy Region would have failed to ask the Government, on February 23, for a wider red zone in the Lodi area, extended to an area of ​​Cremona, in the face of cases of positivity to Covid encountered in those days. In fact, the opposite happened. President Fontana, in conference with the Prime Minister, had proposed a seat belt of 22 Municipalities around Codogno and Castiglione d'Adda. The Government welcomed 10 ".

The councilor for Welfare of the Lombardy Region Giulio Gallera wrote in a note. The request of the Lombardy Region concerned 22 Municipalities of the Provinces of Lodi and Cremona: Guardamiglio, Brembio, Secugnano, Turano Lodigiano, Casalpusterlengo, Bertonico, Castiglione d'Adda, Terranova dei Passerini, Codogno, Castel Gerundo, Somaglia, Fombio, San Fiorano, Maleo , Santo Stefano Lodigiano, San Rocco al Porto, Corno Giovine, Corno Vecchio, Caselle Landi, Formigara, Gombito.

The activation procedure of the Red Zone, however, concerned the following Municipalities: Codogno, Castiglione d'Adda, Casale, San Fiorano, Bertonico, Fombio, Terranova dei Passerini, Somaglia, Maleo and Castel Gerundo. "I remember those moments very well - Gallera explained - the regional crisis unit was analyzing every single positivity found. On February 23, after just two days from the first case, there was evidence of 112 positive swabs. Of these, 28 were reported to residents of Castiglione d 'Adda and 9 in Codogno. With the logic of isolating the areas involved to stem the spread of the virus, our experts had drawn a health safety belt on a map that included 22 municipalities. Among these, the city of Lodi was not present , Where on that date there was only one positive case. The list was immediately communicated to the Government. Shortly afterwards, the Government's response highlighted the impossibility of accepting Lombardy's request in its entirely because the blockade of such a large area would have involved the use of too large a number of law enforcement operators ".

"We then proceeded with the definition of the red zone of 10 municipalities - Gallera underlines - in close coordination with the Government, the Prefecture, the Civil Protection and local administrations. No controversy, on this case, has ever been raised by the Lombardy Region. Precisely in the face of this, the accusations that emerged and formulated in these days appear false, misleading and free. "