Following the lockdown of the North of the country’s 16 million citizens and visitors in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 virus, Italy’s Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte has just announced that the whole of the country will now be quarantined, with only “urgent travel” being allowed, as well as ‘essential’ travel to work.
The entire population of just over 60 million will face prison terms if they travel outside of the specified limits.
Italy’s coronavirus death toll rose from 366 to 463 on Monday. It is the worst-hit country after China.
Prime Minister Conte said, in a public announcement broadcast on national television, that, “…the whole country becomes a single red zone. The future depends on us and everyone must do their part. There is now only one red zone, and that is the whole of Italy”
Mr. Conte added, “All sport, even the football championship must stop. Fans must take note of this decision”.
There will also be a ban on all large public gatherings inside the country.
Additional Contributor – Matteo Vecchione in Rome