What Italy’s current COVID-19 lockdown entails

The daily life of Italian citizens under lockdowns similar to the US

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Campbell Goter

International travel has been restricted by order of President Trump and the United States surpasses Italy and China in the number of cases.

Lauren Larson, Writer

 As Italy’s death toll and infection count of COVID-19 surpasses China’s, many government officials and politicians set in place new guidelines and mandates of their lockdown to ensure social distancing and the spread of infection. 

Many current residents of Italy are left feeling shocked by the fast transition from everyday life to mandated stay home orders. Once bustling cities such as Milan, the fashion and financial capital of Italy, is left a ghost town as many residents self-quarantine and social distance.

Similar to lockdowns in the United States, Italian residents have been told to stay home unless going for essential things such as going to the grocery store, retrieve medicine, care for loved ones, or working at an essential workplace.

In many grocery stores, there is only one person allowed in the store leaving lines out the door as people stand at least three feet from each other.

Italian police roam the streets 24 hours a day looking for people who may be violating lockdown orders. Ensuring that no one is out of their homes past certain times of the night and without a viable reason. People who are found to have violated the lockdown face fines and even up to a few months in jail.

President Donald Trump has put a travel ban on 26 European countries including Italy in an attempt to stop the spread of the infection. 

As of April 3, Italy’s infected count is 119,827. The United States surpassed both China and Italy on March 27 and has an infection count of 276,931 as of April 3

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