Most Dramatic Quarantine: Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people

Coronavirus: Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people

Source: BBC

Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine as it battles to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Anyone living in Lombardy and 14 other central and northern provinces will need special permission to travel. Milan and Venice are both affected.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country.

The measures, the most radical taken outside China, will last until 3 April.

Italy has seen the largest number of coronavirus infections in Europe, with the number of confirmed cases jumping by more than 1,200 to 5,883 on Saturday.

The strict new quarantine measures affect a quarter of the Italian population and centre on the rich northern part of the country that powers its economy.

The death toll in Italy has passed 230, with officials reporting more than 36 deaths in 24 hours.

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  1. Coronavirus, and in particular, the government’s response to the outbreak dominates the front pages.

    “Whitehall plans for the worst” is the main headline on the front of the Sunday Times. A source involved in contingency plans is quoted as saying that “experts” believe 100,000 people could die from coronavirus across the UK – a figure that was not reportedly challenged by Downing Street.

    The paper says that ministers are considering delaying GCSE and A-Level exams, giving “special consideration” grades to pupils affected by the virus and releasing thousands of low-risk prisoners should there be a shortage of jail staff.

    The Observer describes the measures being considered by the government as “drastic”. The paper highlights how courts could be forced to use telephone and video links to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    It adds that ministers are also considering lifting controls on when delivery vans can operate and easing restrictions on driver hours in a bid to prevent any food shortages.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-the-papers-51787141

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