I never thought I would be writing or speaking the word quarantine as many times as I have the past few weeks. This coronavirus has spread around the globe at a rapidly scary rate.
The battle to contain COVID-19 is one that brings vast challenges to every country across the world. In hopes of staying ahead of the virus, Italy has just quarantined 16 million people. People living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces need to follow specific travel guidelines and must receive permission to do so. Venice and Milan are amongst the regions affected.
Giuseppe Conte the Prime Minister took drastic and necessary measures to keep his people safe. Conte closed down schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs, and other venues across the country. These radical measures will be in place until at least April 3rd.
In Europe, Italy has the most number of confirmed cases at 5,883. 230 individuals have passed away, 36 in the last 24 hours. Lombardy is a northern region made up of 10 million people and the health care system admits they are under immense strain.
“We want to guarante the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.”
– Prime Minister Conte
What the new measures call for are simple, but could prove difficult down the line. These are the 15 provinces that will be affected Lombardy, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.
“There will be no movement in or out of these areas, or within them, unless for proven work-related reasons, emergencies or health reasons.”
“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”
Details Of The New Restrictions
Weddings and funerals have been suspended. Religious and cultural events have also been suspended. Cinemas, nightclubs, gyms, swimming pools, and ski resorts have all been closed.
Cafes and restaurants that are in the quarantined area can open from 6:00 and 18:00 but customers must sit at least 1 m (3ft) apart.
People have been advised to stay at home as much as they can if an individual breaks the quarantine they could face up to three months in jail.
Coronavirus Numbers And Global Info
- Nearly 105,000 infected worldwide
- Nearly 3,600 have passed
- Iran: Almost 6,000 cases, 145 people have passed away
- A hotel in China that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine facility collapsed, killing at least six people
- Pope Francis delivered his first live stream Sunday prayer to avoid crowds from gathering
- An individual who attended a conservative political conference last week that President Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence spoke at has been confirmed to have the virus
- South Korea reported 272 new cases in 24 hours, 7,313 confirmed cases most outside of China
- The US has over 400 cases reported, and 19 have passed away
- New York has 76 confirmed cases and has just declared a state of emergency
- South America recorded its first coronavirus death a 64-year-old man
- Third person in Australia has passed away
- France has 949 cases
- Germany 939 cases
- Spain 589 cases
- The U.K. 209 cases
- The Netherlands 188 cases
- Colombia, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Malta, The Maldives, and Paraguay all confirmed their first cases
(Cover photo courtesy of BBC, and photo courtesy of The Sun, video courtesy of BBC, and source BBC)