Italy announced an extension of the blockade for private movement and public gathering activities across the country as the number of cases of water rose rapidly to 9,172 cases.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on March 9 expanded the corona virus countermeasures nationwide, requiring people to stay home and ban all public gatherings along with all matches within the national championship. in Serie A.
The country has recorded more than 9,172 cases and 463 deaths – accounting for more than half of all deaths in the whole of Europe – and these numbers continue to grow rapidly.
Unprecedented measures have been applied nationwide, affecting more than 60 million people – a scale equivalent to the focus of China’s blockade of Hubei province.
“Give up some things for Italy”
I will sign an decree, with the following summary: I am at home, “Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte emphasized in a speech on national television.” All Italy will become a protected area. ” .
Italy has not been in such a strict control situation since World War II. Police checkpoints are located at train stations, airports, tollgates, and all city gateways.
“Our future, the future of Italy, is in our own hands. Today, these hands need to be more responsible than ever,” the Italian prime minister emphasized.
“We have no time. The figures show a significant increase in the number of cases, the number of people who need intensive treatment and the number of deaths. We need to change our habits immediately. We have to giving up some things for Italy, “he said.
A day earlier, Italy had imposed quarantine measures for its northern industrial area, around Milan and Venice.
Restrictive nationwide measures are effective until April 3. Schools and universities must be closed immediately. Travel between cities and immigration is also limited, according to AFP.
According to AFP, the government of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte raised the blockade order in the North to a national scale after only one day showing that Italy is struggling to cope with the medical crisis in this country.
Mobilize the retired doctor back
The government has called for retired doctors to return to work in the hope of promptly reinforcing the national health staff of only about 20,000.
Residents are required to write a “self-certification” application for reasons of travel, send it to relevant authorities at railway stations, airports, and checkpoints on the major road connecting the cities.
The order emphasizes that the declaration is based on mutual trust and that people do not need to provide evidence for their travel needs.
“Everyone has to sacrifice a bit to protect the health of other citizens. Today is a moment of responsibility. We must not let our guard down,” said Conte, who emphasizes the decree will take effect. force nationwide from March 10.
Italy is the site of the most severe outbreak of corona virus (Covid-19) in Europe.
Hospitals in the Lombardy region, where the onset of community infection in the country, are on alert because of a lack of hospital beds. There are no vacancies in the intensive care units, some hospitals have to move infected people to the corridors or temporarily in the operating rooms, according to the Guardian.
Northern Italy with Lombardy and 14 other provinces, including more than 15 million people, is the area most seriously affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.
The European Union (EU) on March 9 announced that bloc leaders will attend an emergency online meeting to discuss joint measures to tackle the corona virus.
The meeting is likely to take place on March 10, after Italy and France simultaneously called on the whole of Europe to introduce an economic stimulus package to balance the impact of the epidemic.
Germany on March 9 recorded the first 2 deaths from corona virus infection. Both cases were located in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in the country and also had the highest number of cases. The number of people positive for the virus in Germany surpassed 1,100 after a few days.
France, meanwhile, recorded 25 deaths and 1,412 infections as of March 9.
On the same day, Culture Minister Franck Riester was confirmed positive for corona virus. France24’s source said the 46-year-old minister was in good health despite some symptoms. Five members of the French House of Representatives also tested positive for the virus.