The situation in Italy regarding the new coronavirus is worsening by the day. The country has experienced its highest day-to-day rise in deaths from coronavirus on Sunday, and chaos surrounded the country.
Details that 16 million people are supposed to be quarantined were leaked to the press, and thousands of individuals were sent into panic as they tried to get out of the country.
The Guardian revealed that the whole of Lombardy, which includes Milan and 14 provinces across the worst-affected northern regions had been shut down until April 3 as Italy is struggling to contain the spread of the virus.
At the moment of writing this article, 7,375 people have been affected in Italy by the virus.
Thousands of people jumped into their cars or crowded train stations after a draft decree that’s banning people from leaving or entering the region was revealed by Corriere della Sera late on Saturday afternoon.
Panic among people in Italy
The Guardian reported that in the south of Italy, dozens of police officers and medics wearing masks and hazmat suits waited in Salerno, Campania, for passengers who had boarded overnight trains from Lombardy as fears mount over the virus’s potential spread.
“What happened with the news leak has caused many people to try to escape, causing the opposite effect of what the decree is trying to achieve,” said Roberto Burioni, a professor of microbiology and virology at Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.
Some of the people who fled will be infected
He continued and said that “Unfortunately some of those who fled will be infected with the disease.”
Michele Emiliano, the president of Puglia, signed an order on Sunday that obliges all those who are coming from the north to go into quarantine.
“Get off at the first train station, don’t take planes to Bari and Brindisi, go back by car, get off the bus at the next stop,” he wrote on Facebook.