On Tuesday, 10th March 2020, Italy was locked down in a bid to control the largest Coronavirus outbreak outside China.
According to Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, ‘locked down’ means, “I stay home.”
The borders are closed and there are restrictions on all but essential travel. Pretty much everything is closed, other than food shops and pharmacies. Although tourists will apparently be allowed home, they have to justify their movements.
But just because we could move, does that mean that we should?
Sunday 8th March 2020, in Northern Italy, I awoke to the headline;
Coronavirus: Northern Italy quarantines 16 million people
Outside China, Italy has the largest number of confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus, nCoV, and Covid-19 disease and it is spreading rapidly. Overnight, the President of the Council of Ministers issued a new Decree. The extraordinary decision had been taken to lock down one quarter of Italy’s population to contain the spread. The measures will remain in place until 3rd April 2020.
I try to find a balance between sense & sensational
Life was normal a couple of weeks ago. Then, the new strain of Coronavirus landed in Italy. Subsequently, everywhere north of Pisa was declared a Coronavirus hotspot.
Unwittingly, Mark and I are caught in the epicentre. We are spending our winter skiing in Northern Italy, which makes us extra keen to appraise ourselves of the facts relating to Coronavirus and how to keep ourselves safe.
I would like to thank Sharon of the excellent Australian blog Gum Trees and Galaxies for the nomination. Gum Trees and Galaxies follows the adventures of a couple in a teardrop caravan – with dogs, books and random tangents thrown in. These are certainly a few of my favourite things. If they are yours, do wander over and say ‘Hi’!