Government’s draft decree would impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving northern regionThe Italian government is to lockdown the northern region of Lombardy, as it battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A draft decree would extend the quarantined areas, so-called “red-zones”, ordering people not to enter or leave the region.The country is grappling to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, which has claimed 233 lives and infected a total of 5,883 people. Continue reading...
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As news of the looming coronavirus lockdown leaked to Italian media, people crowded onto trains and...As news of the looming coronavirus lockdown leaked to Italian media, people crowded onto trains and buses to leave the extended quarantine area.
Italy is preparing to put an entire region on lockdown to control the escalating coronavirus outbreak
Italy is planning to shut down the northern region of Lombardy and 11 neighboring provinces to...Italy is planning to shut down the northern region of Lombardy and 11 neighboring provinces to try to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The quarantine, which is expected to be approved Saturday evening and last through April 3, comes as the European country reports 5,883 COVID-19 cases and 233 deaths. Schools, museums, theaters, and swimming pools will be shut down, and violating the restrictions will be considered criminal offenses. Italy is already staring down a recession and these stringent measures are likely to exacerbate the country's economic woes. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Italy, the epicenter of Europe's coronavirus crisis, is preparing to take the unprecedented step of locking down an entire region that is home to more than 10 million people in a bid to control the spread of the epidemic. A draft decree seen by The Wall Street Journal says that the Italian government is imposing sweeping restrictions in the northern region of Lombardy, where Milan is the capital, and 11 neighboring provinces, including Emilia-Romagna, Piedmont, and Veneto. People in these areas should "absolutely avoid any movement into and out of the areas," the decree says, according to The Journal. Bloomberg reported that movement within the affected area will only be permitted when it comes to "non-deferrable" business or health issues. The move comes amid the announcement of 5,883 cases and 233 deaths in Italy. Nicola Zingaretti, the leader of the country's Democratic party, testing positive for COVID-19. The quarantine is slated to be approved late Saturday, Italian officials said, according to the Evening Standard. Once the policy is greenlit, the decision will take effect on Sunday and last through April 3. During this lockdown, schools, museums, theaters, and swimming pools will be shut, the Standard said, adding that healthcare workers' leave will also be revoked. Bar and restaurants must ensure that patrons stay at least one meter apart or they too will be forced to close, Bloomberg reported. The Journal reported that police officers and even the army will be on-hand to ensure that people are following the quarantine. Violating the decree is a crime that can result in fines or prison sentences. Bloomberg also said that it had been given access to a second draft decree regarding containment rules for the rest of Italy, which restricted public gatherings and told people not to leave their hometowns unless it is necessary. That decree too is slated for approval on Saturday evening. With the largest number of coronavirus cases outside Asia, Italy has already taken steps including closing schools and universities from March 5 through March 15, canceling large public events, and shutting down its world-famous tourist haunts. Nearly a dozen towns in the country's north have also been sealed off, but the area is home to only about 50,000 people, making Saturday's decision a dramatic escalation, the Journal noted. The coronavirus outbreak is thrashing Italy's already-teetering economy, according to the Associated Press. The tourism and luxury industries have been severely hit, and the imminent quarantine will only make matters worse because Lombardy is the most populated part of the nation, the Journal said, as well as home to its industrial hub. Read more: The number of coronavirus cases outside China could jump tenfold every 19 days without 'strong intervention,' a study says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declares a state of emergency and confirms 76 cases of coronavirus in the state This 'isn't Mad Max,' Australian police say after 3 women get into a brawl while panic-buying toilet paper during coronavirus epidemic Airlines are burning thousands of gallons of fuel flying empty 'ghost' planes so they can keep their flight slots during the coronavirus outbreak Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why hydrogen cars will be Tesla's biggest threat
The restrictions would affect Milan and the regions that serve as Italy’s economic engine and would...The restrictions would affect Milan and the regions that serve as Italy’s economic engine and would be the most sweeping measures outside of China.