Coronavirus in Italy: Updated Map and Live Case Count
Latest Update | Friday 15th January
Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, has signed today the new DPCM outining the COVID-19 Safety measures that will be in force from 17th January until 5th March. The 3 Tier Colour System for Italy’s Regions will also come back into place which are: Red, Orange and Yellow.
Latest Update | Tuesday 5th January
Today a new decree has been announced by Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, outlining the new COVID restrictions to follow. Once a day it will be possible to move to go to the home of friends or relatives, but always within the limits of two people in addition to those already living together and children under 14.
On the following days, the whole nation will be considered Yellow or Orange Zones, as follows:
7th – 8th January: Yellow Zone
- Restaurants and Bars are allowed to re-open until 6pm
- Possible to move within your region
9th – 10th January: Orange Zone
- Restaurants and Bars closed, only open for takeaway or delivery
- Movements prohibited between municipalities
Latest Update | Monday 28th December
Starting Today, all regions in Italy have changed from Red to Orange Zones during this second lockdown. From 28th – 30th December and 4th January 2021 the rules are restrictions are as follows:
- National curfew in place from 5am – 10pm
- Bars and Restaurants to remain closed, open only for delivery or take away
- You are allowed to visit your second home, only if within the same region of residence
- Shops are allowed to re-open and must close at 9pm
Claudia Alivernini, first to recieve COVID-19 Vaccine in Italy | Photo Credit: www.lanotiziagiornale.it
Latest Update | Sunday 27th December
Today Italy wakes up to Vaccine Day, a day that will go down in history here in Italy as the first doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine have officially been given this morning! The first 9,750 doses of the Vaccine arrived here in Italy yesterday evening and with Italy being the worst hit country in Europe during the first wave of Coronavirus, this symbolic moment provides a light of hope for the many moments of darkness that have passed.
The first to be vaccinated in Rome was the nurse Claudia Alivernini, 29 years old, who works at Spallanzani. As stated by Giuseppe Conte, the vaccination process will start with the health workers and the most vunerable groups, and then be extended to the rest of the population with the goal to achieve immunity for the entire population.
Latest Update | Saturday 26th December
Today part of the 9,750 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine have been transported to Pratica di Mare, the national hub. Escorted by police cars, the van that brought the first anticovid vaccines arrived at Spallazani in Rome this morning and starting from tomorrow, these doses of the vaccine will be distributed in Italy starting tomorrow.
Latest Update | Friday 18th December
Tonight, our Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, addressed the nation to share the official restricitons on movement throughout the whole of Italy during the Christmas Season.
- From 21 December – 6 January all travel between different regions and provinces are not allowed.
- From 25th – 26th December and 1st January, travel between municipalities is also prohibited throughout the national territory.
- The national curfew remains at 10pm – 5am with an exception of the 31st December where it will be extended until 7am.
- Any Italians returning to Italy between 21st – 6th January will have to undergo quarantine once back.
Latest Update | Sunday 6th December
As of today, Italy’s regions have now been given new colours regarding the restrictions to follow in this second phase of lockdown in Italy. There are now only 8 regions in the Orange (Medium Risk) Zone, 12 regions in the Yellow (Low Risk) Zone and 1 in the Red (High Risk) Zone. The updates are as follows:
Red (High Risk) Zone: Abruzzo
Orange (Medium Risk) Zone: Lombardia, Piemonte, Campania, Toscana, Provincia autonoma di Bolzano, Valle d’Aosta, Basilicata, Calabria
Yellow (Low Risk) Zone: Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Veneto, Marche, Puglia, Umbria, Lazio, Liguria, Molise, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Sardegna, Sicilia.
Latest Update | Friday 4th December
Last night Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced the new rules and restrictions for Italy to follow for the upcoming Christmas holidays, which will be in force from 4th December until 15th January.
- Travel will only be allowed for reasons of work, health and “situations of necessity” (such as providing assistance to those who need it), and people will not be permitted to transfer to their holiday homes.
- It will not be possible to move outside of your town , city of residence, ‘comune’, on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January.
- Those who travel abroad over Christmas must self-isolate on their return to Italy.
- A curfew will still be in place, people not allowed out of their homes between 22.00 and 05.00, except for work or health reasons or other urgent situations.
- Shops are permitted to stay open until 21.00 during the festive season however shopping centres will remain closed at weekends and on holidays.
- Restaurants and bars only in Yellow Zones are able to stay open until 18.00 and are allowed to serve lunch during the festive period, including on Christmas Day, St Stephen’s Day, New Year’s Day and 6th January (Epiphany-Befana), for a maximum of four people. Takeaways are allowed until 22.00, with no time limit on home delivery.
- Italy’s ski slopes will remain closed for the Christmas season, reopening on 7 January.
- On New Year’s Eve-Day the curfew will be extended by two hours, in effect from 22.00 on 31 December until 07.00 on 1 January 2021.
Christmas Lights in Italy | Photo Credit: Stefano_Valeri / Shutterstock.com.
Latest Update | Thursday 3rd December
With the curve of new cases starting to decrease, today a record number of victims of the virus were recorded, with a heartbreaking number of 993 deaths today, up from 684 the day before, it’s the highest daily death toll since 27th March when 919 fatalities were registered. The number of daily deaths since the beginning of the outbreak in Italy has never been this high.
Latest Update | Monday 30th November
The latest updates for a Coronavirus vacine available in Italy could come as early as Spring 2021. Once approved, doctors and health care workers will get the first doses, followed by those in care home, over 80’s, key works and the rest of the population. It will not be obligatory at first so that the government can monitor how the campaign progresses, and will also be distributed to all Italians for free. Read our full article here: Italy’s Coronavirus Vaccine for Spring 2021
Latest Update | Friday 13th November
Campania and Tuscany will join other regions placed under the strictest lockdown measures from Sunday as they will be joining the other regions already within the Red Zone. Residents within these regions must stay within their comune and not travel to other regions except for reasons for work or health and if so must carry with them the self certification form. Retail shops must also close except for those selling food and basic needs.
Latest Update | Thursday 5th November
Last night, Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, addressed the nation to announce a new three-tier framework that would divide the regions by different rules to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus in Italy. These new restrictions will take action from this Friday 6th November.
The regions have now been divided into three colour zones: Red, Orange and Yellow:
Red (High Risk) Zones: Lombardy, Calabria, Piedmont, Valle d’Aosta
- Must stay within their comune, or municipality, only allowed to leave for work, study, health or other essential reasons.
- No traveling to and from the Region and those within it if not for work, to accompany children to school or for health reasons.
- Secondary school children are also admitted to distance learning.
- Retail activities suspended, except for the sale of food and basic necessities.
- Smart working from home is encouraged more where possible.
- It remains “allowed to carry out motor activities individually in the vicinity of one’s home provided that in any case respecting the distance of at least one meter from any other person and with the obligation to use respiratory protection devices;
- It is also allowed to carry out sports activities in open areas and in individual form, no group training.
Orange (Medium Risk) Zones: Puglia, Sicily
- Any movement by public or private means of transport, in a municipality other than that of residence, is forbidden, except for proven work or study needs, health reasons, for situations of necessity.
- Bars and restaurants, ice cream parlors and pastry shops will be closed, however take-away is allowed until 10pm.
Yellow Zones: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Campania, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Molise, Sardinia, Tuscany Umbria, Veneto, and the Provinces of Trento and Bolzano
- It is forbidden to leave your home from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning, without prejudice to work and health reasons.
- High school students will follow the lessons from home, while public transport means, buses, subways, regional trains, will not be able to accommodate more than 50% of their maximum capacity.
- Theaters, cinemas and museums are closed, while parks and play areas remain accessible. In the open areas, however, there is still a ban on gathering and the obligation to respect the distance of at least one metre.
Whereas on a National level, a new 10pm curfew has been imposed.
Latest Update | Sunday 25th October
This evening Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, addressed the nation with the new restrictions due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. From Midnight the following rules will be put into effect:
- Cinemas, Theatres, Gyms and Swimming Pools must now close until November 24th
- Restaurants and Bars will stop serving from 6pm, take away services can continue, Reservations will be a maximum of 4 people
- 75% of High School and University Classes will now take place onlince, however schools and nurseries will remain open
Latest Update | Friday 23rd October
With the daily cases of COVID-19 rising in the Campania region, Vincenzo De Luca, the Regional Governor gave warning that the possibility of putting the region into lockdown could become a reality very soon. He did not fix a precise date, but said the measures would involve a ban on travel into and out of the region, as well as restrictions on movement within local areas.
Latest Update | Wednesday 21st October
Below you can find a list of the EU/Schengen nations that can currently visit Italy with no restrictions:
- Czech Republic*
- United Kingdom*
- Vatican City
All countries marked with a * require people who intend to enter Italy who have stayed or transited through these countries in the previous fourteen days, will be required to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry, or undergo a test upon arrival and isolate to await results.
Latest Update | Monday 19th October
The Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte addressed the nation yesterday evening, announcing new restrictions due to the increase in Coronavirus cases. These measures have been put into place now to avoid a generalised lockdown in the future.
- Changes in schooling mainly affect older pupils in high schools. Starting times will be later and more distance-learning will be encouraged.
- Bars and restaurants to close at midnight, but after 18:00 only table service will be allowed. The maximum in a group reservation will be six people.
- Gyms and Swimming Pools will have to adapt to new safety protocols within seven days so they can remain open.
Latest Update | Thursday 8th October
Italy has now added the UK, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium onto its list of high-risk countries. Travellers arriving to Italy from these countries are required to get tested for COVID-19 upon arrival or to have had the test at least 72hrs before flying and obtain a negative result and certificate.
Latest Update | Tuesday 6th October
Face masks are now compulsory in Italy and must be worn everywhere in public, including outdoors, the maximum fine for failing to comply with these regulations has also been raised to 1,000€. Discover here our article on ‘Do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?’ where you can find our complete guide.
Latest Update | Friday 25th August
As from today, COVID Testing will now be carried out in Naples Airport, espeically for those travellers who will be returning from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain.
Latest Update | Tuesday 18th August
From this Thursday those arriving into the Milan airports of Malpensa and Linate from high risk countries will have to be tested for Coronavirus. It’s possible and recommended to book your test in advance to avoid any long waiting times or delay once arriving in Italy or if possible you are allowed to also get tested in the country you are departing from prior to flying.
Latest Update | Monday 17th August
With cases slowly rising around Italy, several of the new cases over the past few weeks have reportedly been linked to nightclubs. Ministers also said the increase in cases across Europe had influenced their decision to impose new restrictions. Masks will need to be worn where social distancing is not possible between 6pm and 6am, while the closure of nightclubs and dance halls also applies to outdoor venues where people dance, such as beaches and common areas in hotels.
Latest Update | Thursday 13th August
It has been confirmed today that travellers arriving to Italy from Croatia, Greece, Malta and Spain must all be tested for COVID-19 before entering the country. This comes as as there has been a rise in new cases linked with these countries. Colombia has also been added to the list of countries on complete travel ban.
Latest Update | Wednesday 12th August
With people from Europe now entering Italy freely for Summer holidays, it comes as no surprise that there has been a slight increase in the number of new daily cases. However throughout Italy the situation is in much more control with all of the restrictions and limitations put into place to avoid the spead of the virus. The number of victims still remains very low with yesterdays number being 6 people.
Latest Update | Friday 31st July
In the region of Campania the President of the Region, Vincenzo de Luca, announced today that he is now considering the idea of asking those who go to dine in restaurants to provide a copy of their Identity Cards. Currently the procedure for contact tracing that’s been put into place is that one person from the booking group must provide a full name and contact number. This comes as efforts to contain the virus tightens and new approaches are being considered to make sure everyone is as safe as possible as the country borders are now open.
Latest Update | Thursday 30th July
With face masks now being compulsory in certain areas in Italy, especially in the region of Campania, our best advice is to always carry one with you. Currently anyone not following the requirements of wearing a face mask in enclosed spaces in Campania risks getting a fine of up to €1,000. Discover here our article on ‘Do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?‘ where you can find our complete guide of where it is obligatory and where you will no longer need to wear one to ensure you are better prepared for your visit to Italy.
Latest Update | Wednesday 29th July
Currently in Italy physical distancing and the wearing of face masks have been widely observed with 90% of people in Italy wearing one, among the highest in the world. Discover here our article on ‘Do I need to wear a Face Mask in Italy?‘ where you can find our complete guide of where it is obligatory and where you will no longer need to wear one to ensure you are better prepared for your visit to Italy.
Latest Update | Monday 20th July
Latest Update | Saturday 11th July
From today there is no longer a requirement for those travelling to England from Italy to go into a two week quarantine once they return.
Latest Update | Tuesday 16th June
It had been reported that the Italian Government have released these following updates for those planning to visit Italy by Plane:
- Social Distancing is no longer compulsory on most planes
- Face Masks have to be changed every 4 Hours
- There could be a limited number of hand luggage allowed depending on the airline you fly with
- Travellers will have to sign a ‘self-certification’ form before each flight to confirm they do not have or have had COVID-19 or any of its main symptoms 14 days prior to the flight
- It is advised to allow extra time for boarding and disembarking the plane
- You may be subject to temperature checks prior to flying
Latest Update | Sunday 24th May
Today marks the first day since the outbreak of COVID-19 that the daily death total is under 100, in the last 24hrs only 50 deaths have been reported. The number of recoveries now stands at 140,479. Currently we are allowed to go to Restaurants, Bars, Hairdressers, Barbers, Beaches and Museums. Of course there are very strict social distancing measures in place such as floor markings and signs, face masks are also obligatory in all public spaces.
Latest Update | Thursday 7th May
After two very long months of lockdown in Italy, Italians are now able to be reunited with their families after many weeks separated. The latest figures from Italy show us that a total of 96,276 have now recovered from COVID-19 in Italy, with a new record being hit yesterday with 8,014 people recovered in 24hrs. The curve is still lowering a daily we are seeing small glimmers of hope that we are going in the positive direction.
Latest Update | Thursday 30th April
Amazing news! A new record of 4,693 has been set in the last 24hrs of recoveries of COVID-19 in Italy! The number of new cases today is also very low with only 1,872 recovered since yesterday. The curve is continuing to flatten and the number of daily victims is also lowering. We are heading in the right direction, one day at a time.
Latest Update | Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th April
The latest figures shows us that another 2,317 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Italy making the total number of recoveries across the country 68,941! The curve is still flattening and the number of new cases are still lowering. With 6 days left until the end of Italy’s first stage of lockdown, Italians are still keeping their communities strong showing us that together we are always stronger.
Latest Update | Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st April
We are so happy to report that since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy the number of patients discharged and cured has never been higher! In the last 24 hours 772 patients have been discharged from hospitals while the recovered are 2,723 more than yesterday. This is one of our favourite pictures from the ‘Andrà Tutto Bene’ movement. A huge thank you to all the workers out there every single day ensuring everyone’s safety and well being. The world has truly came together, and we will make it through this extremely difficult time. Forza Italia and Forza The World!
Latest Update | Sunday 19th April
The total number of recoveries from Coronavirus in Italy now stands at 47,055, including the 2,128 since yesterday. The signs are showing the curve is still continuing to flatten and day by day there is another small victory.
Latest Update | Saturday 18th April
A total of 2,200 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24hrs, bringing the total to 44,927! In other good news, the number of new cases and daily deceased is lowering, better days are coming. This sweet and caring photo captures two neighbours in this generous act of one neighbour exchanging coffee with her elderly neighbour. Italians will always find a way to share their daily coffee together, another creative way to keep some sort of daily routine normality. Remember to take care of each other, especially those of an older age, we will get through this together.
Latest Update | Friday 17th April
The latest figures show us that 2,563 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24hrs! This brings the number of recoveries to an amazing total of 42,727. Today also marks the lowest increase of new cases since the 2nd of March which is very positive! Ferrari is now producing respirator valves and fittings for protective masks in support of health workers treating coronavirus patients. The equipment will be distributed to hospitals throughout Italy, slowly but surely we are fighting this outbreak together.
Latest Update | Thursday 16th April
Italy’s latest figures are going into a downward trend, with the curves of the infected, hospitalised and deceased evidently lowering. Intensive care admissions are also still falling and for the first time since March 20, patients in the wards have fallen below three thousand. The number of recoveries in the last 24hrs in Italy are 2,072 with the total now standing at an amazing 40,164.
Latest Update | Wednesday 15th April
Todays figures show us that although we are heading in the right direction of fighting the Coronavirus outbreak in Italy, there is still a long way to go. The total of recoveries now stands at 38,092 with 962 more than yesterday. Despite this we have not lost hope and we are confident that soon we will finally have beat this pandemic in our beautiful country.
Latest Update | Tuesday 14th April
The latest figures show us that another 1,695 more people have recovered from Coronavirus in Italy in the past 24hrs, with an increase of 471 compared to yesterday. The total number of recoveries now stands at 37,130. Enjoy this wonderful video of neighbours in Italy finding their own way to stay united and celebrate the last of the Easter holidays during this time in quarentine, the creativity of us Italians never fails to amaze me.
Latest Update | Monday 13th April
Todays figures show us that the number of people recovering from COVID-19 in Italy is still rising, with another 1,224 people in the last 24hrs. This brings the total number of recoveries to 35,435. The number of daily deceased is also decreasing, which is great news and shows us that the curve is flattening.
Latest Update | Sunday 12th April
The latest numbers from today’s report show us that an additional 1,677 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy with the total now standing at 34,211! Angelo Borelli, Head of the Civil Protection has reported the lowest number of coronavirus deaths since March 19, with 431 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours.
Latest Update | Saturday 11th April
Great news from todays figures! Another 2,079 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy in the past 24hrs. This now brings the total of recoveries to 32,534.
Latest Update | Friday 10th April
With the latest figures showing us that the number of recoveries from Coronavirus in Italy are still successfully growing, 1,985 more people in the last 24hrs, and the curve still showing signs of flattening we still have hope that this is a good indication of things to come.
Latest Update | Tuesday 9th April
Today’s figures show us the number of recoveries from COVID-19 in Italy is still on the rise, with 1,979 more people than yesterday. As well as for the sixth day in a row, the number of people admitted into intensive care are falling with 88 fewer people than yesterday. The Italian soldiers continue to make us proud, this sweet photo below of a solider helping out a grandma with her shopping shows us there is always more joy gained when giving than just receiving. Let’s continue to keep the community spirit, each day we are getting stronger and stronger and rising out of this unprecedented situation.
Latest Update | Wednesday 8th April
Amazing news for Italy! Today marks the first day that over 2,000 people, a new record for us, have successfully recovered from Coronavirus in Italy in the last 24hrs. The total of recoveries now stands at 26,491. The number of deaths recorded was also lower than yesterdays figures.
Latest Update | Tuesday 7th April
We are so happy to say that today is the first day since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy that has recored the lowest number of new cases. Today also marks the second highest increase of recoveries recorded, with an additional 1,555 people in the last 24hrs! Amongst those recovered is Ada Zanusso, a 104 year old woman from Biella, in the north Italian region of Piemonte. Her recovery is a great joy and a reward for all those who have cared for her in these difficult days. Let’s continue to stay home and be safe, slowly but surely we are getting through the worst of this situation.
Latest Update | Monday 6th April
Today’s figures reveal another 1,022 people in Italy have recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24hrs! The death toll continues to drop in Italy which is amazing and also the number of new cases -717 compared to yesterdays figures. The photo below is of a husband and wife duo fighting COVID-19 together. They work 7 days a week, usually for 18 hours a day or until they can’t stand up anymore, they can’t touch each other except while wearing their safety equipment just in case one is infected. This is just an example of two of the thousands of heroes that are battling the front lines in this pandemic for us. Let’s not forget about the sacrifices they are making for us and continue to stay home.
Latest Update | Sunday 5th April
Some great news today! The curve has started to descend and the death toll is also beginning to drop in Italy. The latest figures show us that a total of 21,815 people have successfully recovered from Coronavirus in Italy so far, with an increase of 819 in the last 24hrs. In the last 2 weeks, the Coronavirus emergency room in Parma had over 50 patients. Today, for the first time since it was set up, the room is empty. Small and positive victories, we can do this!
Latest Update | Saturday 4th April
The latest numbers from today’s report show us that an additional 1,238 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy with the total now standing at 20,996!
Angelo Borelli, Head of the Civil Protection has said today that, “The number of patients in intensive care decreased by 74 and it is important news because it allows ours hospitals to breathe”.
Latest Update | Friday 3rd April
Today’s figures show us that 1,480 more people have recovered from COVID-19 in Italy in the past 24hrs! The number of new cases is still rising daily, but the good news is that more and more people are recovering, with today marking the 5th day in a row over 1,000 people have recovered daily.
Latest Update | Thursday, 2nd April
The latest figures show us another 1,431 have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy in the last 24 hours! This brings the total to 18,278 and marks the fourth day in a row over 1,000 have recovered. The number of new cases is still on the up with an increase compared to Wednesday of 2,477 cases.
Latest Update | Wednesday, 1st April
We are so happy to be able to share some more great news with you today! The latest numbers show us that for the third day in a row over 1,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Italy! The number of infected people now stands at 80,572, with an increase compared to Tuesday of 2,937. With all of the tough news coming out of Italy, we want to continue to keep it positive. Italica Grondona is one of two Italians over 100 years old who have recovered from Coronavirus.
Latest Update | Tuesday 31st March
Today’s figures give us a glimmer of positivity, 1,109 more people have been successfully healed from Coronavirus in the last 24hrs! This is the second day in a row that over 1,000 people have recovered, giving us hope the recovery rate is getting higher. However there is still a daily rise in new cases, +4,035 have been confirmed today. Let’s not also forget the huge efforts and dedication of the medical workers fighting the outbreak together. Here in Italy, doctors have been sent from neighbouring countries to help, here’s some of them holding up banners showing where they came from. The world has come together to help Italy with it’s outbreak, the perfect example of unity in these dark times, together we will get through this.
Latest Update | Monday 30th March
The numbers from today show us that another additional 1,590 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19 in Italy, an increase of 944 compared to yesterday’s numbers (646) which is amazing news! Making the total of recoveries now 14,620. However sadly 812 people have passed away in the last 24hours, a slight increase from yesterday’s figures of 756. Hopes still remain high in Italy and the sense of community and unity is only growing stronger day by day.
Latest Updates | Sunday 29th March
Today’s data shows us that the total amount of people that have successfully recovered from Coronavirus in Italy now stands at a total of 13,030 meaning in the last 24 hours there has been an increase of an additional 646 people. However the numbers of those infected are still on the rise, with an increase of 3,815 cases today, it is believed the Italy is now currently either within the current peak period or very close to it. There will be light at the end of this very dark tunnel, the infection rate is slowly declining and the curve is flattening. On another positive note, Ferrari has also announced today they have decided to collaborate with the only Italian company that produces ventilators in a bid to help push the production of these much needed machines.
Evolution of the Situation
Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China in December 2019, this invisible and deadly virus is closely related to severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), and since the beginning has had the rest of the world watching, it was only a matter of time before the virus spread further.
January 31st marked the day where the first two cases of Coronavirus were confirmed in Rome, a Chinese couple who had travelled to Italy originally from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak in China. This led the Italian Government to suspend all flights to and from China and declared a state of emergency for a duration for 6 months. As the situation developed further by mid February the Northern region of Lombardy began to see an increase of cases spreading across several small towns.
The Italian Government took further action and declared lockdown of the whole region and 11 neighbouring provinces, including Milan and Venice. With 16 million people now on lockdown, it was enforced that anyone found violating the lockdown could be subject to a large fine or even jail time given by police and soldiers. All schools and universities were forced to close on 4th March and on the 9th March, with the virus having already spread to all 20 regions, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the quarantine measures were to be extended across the whole country: this decision made Italy the first country in the world to implement a national quarantine as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Current Limits for Travelling in Italy
The restrictions of movements in Italy first began in the red zone of the Coronavirus outbreak in Lombardy however now cover the whole of Italy. Day to day life in Italy now is very much on hold, shops are shut, bars are closed and many students now completing their degrees and taking their classes online. All residents must stay at home and are only allowed to venture outside for urgent matters of work, food and health but only with a Ministry issued permit.
“Anyone caught leaving their home without good reason will now face fines of between €400 to €3,000 against a previous €206” Conte said in a television address.
As of yesterday, it was revealed that the current contagion cases had only risen by 5%, compared to a 7% rise on Friday. With Italy having already practised social distancing techniques and implemented a national quarantine for almost three weeks already, we are slowly seeing a decrease in the number of new cases confirming that the draicon like measures taken are proving to be effective. The total number of people recovered is now 12,384, however as the death toll in Italy has now surpassed 10,000 it’s clear we still have a long way to go.
Many Italian celebrities and influencers such as Chiara Ferragni and Fedez have created or are promoting on their socials GoFundMe pages to raise money in efforts to support hospitals around Italy, especially those who have been hit harder in the Northern Lombardy region. Having raised over €3 Million in 24 hours, the pairs original goal of €1,500,000 has now almost tripled the fundraising target to over €4 million. Fashion designer Giorgio Armani also donated €1.25 million to hospitals in Italy to help combat this virus, he has also announced that the Armani factories will now be used to make medical overalls for healthcare workers.
Just like Wuhan in China is now beginning to slowly go back to life before quarantine, we must remain positive that Italy will also overcome this. With the online movement of #iorestoacasa (I’m staying at home) growing daily, there is a very strong sense of unity and determination to get through these dark days together. In villages and cities across the country a unison of voices are heard daily, many singing the Italian national anthem in the hope to raise the spirits of those around them.
It’s times like these that force us to appreciate all of the little things we have around us that we would usually take for granted. For now we must all stay home, take care of each other and not put others at risk the elderly or the young, enjoy this time with family and be thankful that we will slowly but surely get through this together. If Italy has taught the world anything in the last few weeks, is that hope always wins.