16 million people quarantined in Italy over coronavirus

16 million people have been quarantined in Italy in a bid to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus.

Giuseppe Conte

A decree was issued on Sunday by the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte to restrict the movement of 16 million people in the country including the Lombardy region and at least 14 provinces in neighboring regions. Milan, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, and Venice are also affected.

The closure of gyms, schools, nightclubs, museums and other venues across the country was also announced by the Prime Minister.

”For Lombardy and for the other northern provinces that I have listed, there will be a ban for everybody to move in and out of these territories and also within the same territory,” Conte said. “Exceptions will be allowed only for proven professional needs, exceptional cases and health issues.”

“We want to guarantee the health of our citizens. We understand that these measures will impose sacrifices, sometimes small and sometimes very big.” 

“We are facing an emergency, a national emergency. We have to limit the spread of the virus and prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.”

These measures will last till the 3rd April, 2020.

This comes a day after Italy reported its biggest daily increase in coronavirus cases since its outbreak last month. The number of infected people rose to 1,247, taking their total to 5,883 with the death toll rising to 233.