Italy has placed up to 16 million people under quarantine

In the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, the Italian government resorted to drastic measures: much of the north of the country was isolated. The number of people infected with coronavirus in Germany has grown to close to 850.

A quarter of the Italian population was quarantined. The government in Rome issued a decree on Sunday morning (8/03/2020), according to which movement in all Lombardy, parts of Veneto and the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Piedmont was forbidden. Entry and exit will be possible only in very important professional and family cases. 16 million people are covered by this regulation. Lombardy with the capital in Milan is considered the economic and industrial center of Italy. Restrictions also include Venice, Padua, Parma and Piacenza.

As Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte informed on Twitter, these restrictive precautions will be in force until April 3. Under the decree, all cultural, sporting and religious events were also canceled. Museums, cinemas, discos and dance schools remain closed. Schools and universities are closed from Thursday.

With almost 6,000 confirmed Sars-CoV-2 and 233 deaths, Italy is invariably the country most affected by the epidemic.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, German diplomatic missions in Italy are ready to “support German citizens in the affected regions when needed.” The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is constantly updating travel warnings.

Nearly 850 infected in Germany

Coronavirus is also spreading in Germany. Institute of Robert Koch in Berlin announced on Sunday about 50 new cases of coronavirus infection. Thus, the number of infected increased in one day to nearly 850. Most cases have been found so far in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the number of infected increased from 19 to 392 people since Saturday. More than 200 falls in the Heinsberg district bordering the Netherlands, an outbreak in Germany. In Baden-Württemberg, 182 cases of Sars-CoV-2 and 148 coronavirus infection were recorded by Sunday in Bavaria.

Most other German Länder only register individual cases of infection. Saxony-Anhalt remains the only one in which no case of infection with the new Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus has been reported.