From Matthew Bell in Tuscany
The Daily Mail
March 10, 2020
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As cases soar, Italy puts 16 million people in quarantine to fight spread of coronavirus—with checkpoints to stop anybody going into or coming out of the most infected areas in northern Italy in the region of Lombardy, the epicentre of Italy’s outbreak.
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Confusion and panic gripped the country after authorities placed a quarter of the population under the most draconian measures seen since the Second World War. Italy’s death toll soared to 366 last night, making it the second worst-affected country outside China. The quarantine plan places huge swathes of Italy in a so-called “red zone”, with two major cities near collapse: Milan, Italy’s financial hub, and Venice, Italy’s most picturesque tourist attraction. Read More