The Italian government is moving to lock down the northern region of Lombardy in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. Italy has been the hardest hit European nation with the virus having caused 233 deaths, and nearly 6,000 infections. The government’s intention is to extend the physical boundaries of the quarantined areas and forbid people from entering or leaving the region. The following measures will be implemented to help maintain the integrity of the quarantine:
– All public events are being banned.
– Cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs will be closed
– There will be a moratorium on funerals and weddings, however no mention was made of church services
– The national government is also leaning towards extending the closure of schools around Italy unit early April.
The government expects the decree covering these steps to be approved by this evening. These draconian steps were prompted by the sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases over a 24 hour period. On Friday there were 2,636 announced cases. Today the number was 5,883. Lombardy is one of the most severely affected regions accounting for 85% of all cases in Italy, as well as 95% of the deaths. The Lombardy region is home to upwards of 10 million Italian citizens.
As more news becomes available, this post will be updated.