Italy will impose national lockdown from Monday, the government announced on Friday, in order to stem a new epidemic outbreak that threatens to saturate hospitals.
The most populated regions of the peninsula, notably Lombardy, the economic heart of the country, and Lazio, the region of Rome, will be classified as “red” (high risk), resulting in the closure of schools as well as bars and restaurants. . Travel will be limited to work requirements, the purchase of basic necessities and health emergencies.
These measures “will come into force from Monday, March 15,” the ministry said.
Note that schools, restaurants and bars are already closed.
“I am aware that these measures will have consequences on the education of children, on the economy and on our psychological state to all”, admitted Mario Draghi, even if according to a poll published last weekend by the daily Il Corriere della Sera, 44% of Italians are in favor, against 30% just two weeks earlier.