Italy in coronavirus lockdown chaos: Desperate scramble to flee quarantine zones in north as Italian PM shuts off 16 million citizens from rest of country – after 36 people die in single day bringing toll to 233

Sunday, March 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

Cases in Italy rose by 1,247 in the last 24 hours – biggest daily increase so far – taking the total to 5,883
Another 36 people also died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233 in the biggest European outbreak
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed decree that will continue until April 3 limiting movement in North
Affects about 16 million people in regions including : Lombardy, Modena, Parma, Piacenza and Reggio Emilia
There are no roadblocks in place and trains, buses and airports are still running meaning people can get out
Bars and restaurants will remain open but must ensure that everyone is seated at least three feet apart

By JEMMA CARR
DAILYMAIL.COM
8 March 2020

Mass panic swept in after the Italian government imposed a quarantine affecting 16 million people in the country’s northern region in a bid to combat the spread of deadly coronavirus.

The killer disease has gripped Italy where the number of cases rose by 1,247 in the last 24 hours – the counrty’s biggest daily increase in cases since the outbreak began – taking the total to 5,883.

Another 36 people died as a result of the virus, taking the total to 233 in the largest outbreak in Europe.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree in the early hours of this morning that will continue until April 3 stopping about 16 million people from moving in and out of several regions in the country’s prosperous north.

Confusion reigned from Milan to Venice as residents and tourists tried to figure out exactly when and how the new rules were coming into effect.

Travelers rushed to train stations and crammed aboard standing-room only trains, tucking their faces into scarves and sharing sanitizing gel.

News of the impending quarantine was leaked to media early prompting further chaos as people rushed to get out.

Under the quarantine, bars and restaurants will remain open but must ensure that everyone is seated at least a three feet apart.

The regions quarantined are: Lombardy, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro, Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, Treviso and Venice.

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