ROME — The Italian government today approved emergency measures limiting movement for over 16 million citizens until April 3 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Residents of the Lombardy region — one of Italys richest and most industrialized regions, which includes Milan — and 14 other provinces in northern Italy will only be allowed to leave their homes for urgent health and professional reasons, according to a decree signed by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
The affected areas include Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, and Treviso.
Tourists and residents trying to enter or leave Lombardy, the worst-affected region, will face fines, according to the decree. School closures in the region have been extended until April 3 and public events have been canceled. Theaters, cinemas and other entertainment venues nationwide have been ordered to suspend their activities.
The measures come after authorities reported a spike in the number of infections. There are now more than 5,800 cases of coronavirus nationwide, an increase of 1,200 in a 24-hour period. The figure includes some 589 people who have fully recovered and 233 who have diedRead More – Source