Italian prime minister has announced that the entire country goes into quarantine, as part of emergency measures aimed at halting the spread of the Coronavirus.
The government’s extraordinary measures, announced at Palazzo Chigi late on 9 March, comes amid a worsening of the Coronavirus outbreak. The new stringent measures, covering the entire country
, and would take effect tomorrow morning.
“We are seeing a significant rise in the number of people in intensive care and unfortunately in the number of deaths” – Conte said – “Our habits must change now: we must give up something for the good of Italy.”.
The premier called for the cooperation of all Italians to stay at home
and avoid all non-essential travel
. Conte said that public health took precedence over everything else and called for responsibility on behalf of all Italians.
The announcement of the latest extraordinary measure comes as Italy’s Coronavirus outbreak registers 7,985 infections and 463 deaths, according to the latest figures released late on 9 March.