The Italian government has planned to quarantine about 16 million people. A document declaring that people in Lombardy should not leave the region in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 has leaked online. According to the document, people should stay in the region until April 3, they will be able to leave it only if they have serious provable reasons.
Despite the fact that when the document were published it had not been effective yet, Milan and and 14 provinces across the worst-affected northern regions have started to panic. As the press reports, thousands of people have decided to leave the region and crowded train and bus stations and used their own cars to get to other places.
It was also reported that doctors and police officers are now waiting for travellers from Lombardy in airports and train stations of other regions to check them and ask them to self-quarantine...
“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,” says a representative of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Milan.
The reason for such measures is the spread of the coronavirus that has already taken lives of 366 people in Italy. Over 6,300 people have been infected there. 85% of all cases have been registered in Lombardy.
Globally, over 109,680 people have been infected with COVID-19, over 3,802 people have died, over 69,950 people have recovered.