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16 Million People On Lockdown In Italy Due To Coronavirus

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9:48 AM - 8 Mar 2020



Around 16 million Italians have been quarantined as the government introduced drastic measures to try to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus.

There was panic and confusion as the lockdown - across the entire Lombardy region and 14 provinces in four other regions - came into force after the number of people to test positive for COVID-19 increased by 1,247 in a single 24-hour period.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 5,883 - and a further 36 people also died, taking the total number of deaths to 233.

The unprecedented decree, that affects more than a quarter of Italians, forbids anyone from leaving or entering the new red zones except for exceptional circumstances until at least 3 April.

It applies to some 10 million residents in Lombardy - which includes the financial capital Milan - and another six million in the northern provinces of Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and the tourist hotspot of Venice.

The clampdown represents the most widespread effort outside of China - the origin of the deadly disease - to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

 

 

 



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