Coronavirus: Whole of Italy put on lockdown as doctors face 'war' with virus – Sky News, Sky.com
The whole of Italy is being put on lockdown as the country tries to stop the spread of coronavirus.
All public gatherings will be banned, sports events including football matches are suspended, and movement is being severely restricted across the nation in a bid to contain COVID – , the disease caused by coronavirus.
Italian media is reporting that moments after the announcement, supermarkets were stormed by people frantically buying up food and other essentials.
Until 3 April, around 100 million people will effectively be under quarantine by the strict measures which had already been introduced in northern and some central areas over the wee kend.
It comes as an Italian doctor wrote in a lengthy Facebook post that his hospital was being “overwhelmed” by the “tsunami” of patients.
Dr Daniele Macchini, who works at Humanitas Gavazzeni hospital in Bergamo, northern Italy, said: “The war has literally exploded and the battles are uninterrupted day and night.
“The display boards with the names of the sick, of different colors depending on the operating unit they belong to, are now all red and instead of the surgical operation there is the diagnosis, which is always the same cursed: bilateral interstitial pneumonia.
“The results of the swabs now come one after the other: positive, positive, positive. Suddenly the emergency room is collapsing. “