In northern Italy, there are 16 million people in the quarantine zone, which was introduced on Sunday night. Upon learning of the government’s plans, hundreds of Italians rushed to the train stations in an attempt to leave the region. Those who stayed say that there is no panic, but quarantine should not be forgotten: in stores, shoppers are asked to keep at least a meter from each other, and they stopped serving at the bars in bars.
On the night of March 8, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed an emergency decree imposing quarantine in the north of the country. The decree applies to the whole of Lombardy - the richest region of the country - with its financial capital Milan and another 14 provinces in other Italian regions. In the quarantine zone were Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Rimini. The decree prohibits entering and leaving these regions without good reason related to work or health problems. The document requires the closure of schools, museums, theaters. Restaurants and cafes can continue to work from 06:00 to 18:00 if they provide a distance between visitors of at least 1 meter.
Unprecedented restrictions that will be in force until April 3, affected about 16 million people - this is a quarter of the total population of Italy.
To catch the last train
The night before, the Italians were trying to leave the North and go South, where there is no quarantine. The Italian La Republica writes about 500 people trying to get on the last train leaving from Milan.
AP reports that the chaos and confusion on Saturday night prevailed in Padua, sitting in bars, the students of the local University, learning about the plans of the authorities to impose a quarantine, rushed home for my things, and then to the station. Hundreds of passengers, some in masks and rubber gloves, were Packed into the last commuter train leaving Padua at 23:30. Students with scarves, eye strained to, and disinfectant gel in his hands, sat on their suitcases in the aisles. The train was not conductors, who checked the tickets.
"Yesterday wasn't the police, it could easily be moved. To be honest, and now it really can not see anywhere else," said Forbes, Forbes columnist Italia Luigi Del oglio. According to him, in other regions of Italy a weak control over the newcomers. For example, in Puglia (region in the South-East of Italy) those who left the North of Italy, check and are asked to stay in quarantine for two weeks, but after everyone does what he wants. While the reviewer does not even masks, they just ended, he said.
Another resident of Lombardy, Nicolo Pagani, says that the quarantine is not so strict. "My brother, for example, last night at work I was in Naples and today is back on the train to Milan. So those who emigrated from Lombardy and wants to return can do it," he says.
Closer than a meter to get close
In Milan the people on the street look careful, try to keep your distance from other people, continues Del oglio. "No handshakes. For the Italians, who are very contacts, it's so hard and weird," says Del oglio. But do not panic: the bars are open and people sit in them, not particularly worrying, says Forbes a resident of the capital of Lombardy Varvara Inozemtseva. In bars was banned only drink at the bar and at supermarkets advertisment that the distance between the buyers shall not be less than one meter. "I don't know how they control it, but the administration has the right to intervene if they see a crowd of people," — said Inozemtsev.
"On Saturday, the bars served only at tables and behind the bar didn't serve — continues Pagani. — In addition, each table was allowed to take only a limited number of people; if came the big companies, they just moved the tables to keep the distance between people. My friends, of course, try not to dramatize, but when saying goodbye, no handshakes, hugs or kisses as we usually do."
Pagani at home to Brescia (a city in Lombardy) sick father, and grandmother. "Perhaps it is not a virus, but they didn't test, so we decided that I would have in another time and use the other bathroom to avoid contact. Like paranoia a bit, but I need at the end of the month to return to work in Milan, so I can't get sick," he says.
Across the country are short of doctors. Saturday, March 7, it became known that the Italian authorities withdraw of retirement of doctors to cope with the shortage of physicians to combat the coronavirus, reports France 24. Inozemtsev says that in Milan the doctors stopped going to house calls. According to her, local doctors complain that all the places in intensive care units are filled, now hastily organized extra beds, they should last for a week. "And then, as the doctors say, they have to refuse patients over 65 years in lung ventilation", — she recounts a conversation with a familiar doctor.
The head of the crisis headquarters of the Lombardy Anthony Pesenti expects that by March 28 the number of infected will reach 18 000 people, of whom 2700 — 3200 will require intensive therapy. According to him, the intensive care beds are organized wherever possible in the corridors and operating rooms. And the doctors really can't provide the standard level of service due to the fact that they are occupied by patients with coronavirus. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, he said that now is not the time to go to parties, in shops and drinking cocktails.
The exchange continues to work
The Milan stock exchange plans to open Monday in normal mode, writes Bloomberg with reference to the head of the exchange Rafael Jerusalmi. According to him, there is no reason to expect that trading will continue as usual. He also believes that some of the planned IPO will take place, although some may have to be postponed.
Italy suffered from the coronavirus stronger than any other European country. According to March 8, in Italy revealed 5883 cases, 233 persons died. Among patients — at least two politicians: this is Nicola Zingaretti — leader of the Democratic party, which is part of the ruling coalition, and the Governor of Piedmont Alberto Cheerio.