Despite being on lockdown, Italy just recorded the highest single-day death toll of any country with a coronavirus outbreak. Here’s how this catastrophe unfolded.
- Outside of Asia, Italy has been the most severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
- As of March 18, over 35,700 people there have been infected and nearly 3,000 are dead.
- The country initially sealed off nearly a dozen towns, then expanded that so-called “red zone” to include the northern region of Lombardy and 14 neighboring provinces.
- As the outbreak continued to grow, Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte locked down the entire nation on Monday.
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The Italian government has launched an all-out battle against its coronavirus outbreak: The entire country, home to over 60 million people, is on lockdown.
The coronavirus has infected more than 35,700 people and killed nearly 3,000 in Italy as of March 18.
Although nearly 65% of all recorded coronavirus cases worldwide have been in China, Italy is the hardest-hit nation outside of Asia.
As its case totals grew, Italy sealed off 11 towns, shutting down schools, museums, and public venues, and discouraging large gatherings.
When the disease showed no signs of slowing down, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte quarantined the entire northern region of Lombardy and 14 neighboring provinces.
Then, on March 10, he expanded the coronavirus restriction zone to encompass the …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]