As the number of coronavirus cases in Italy shot past 9,000 on Monday, the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has put the entire country on lockdown amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Reportedly, in Italy on Monday, 463 people died because of the COVID-19 virus. While taking an extreme preventive measure Conte has extended the restriction zone to encompass the whole country and canceled all sports gatherings, reports BBC.
PM tells Italians to stay at home, to think of the common good, and to play their part to combat #Coronavirus.
Tells Italians to stay at home, to think of the common good, to play their part to combat #Coronavirus. Cancels all sports matches across the country.
— Mark Lowen (@marklowen) March 9, 2020
Over the weekend, the Italian government had quarantined the northern region of Lombardy and 14 neighboring provinces.
Meanwhile, Italians take to social media with hashtag #iorestoacasa (I Stay Home), to combat coronavirus.
Ascoltiamo le direttive.
La situazione è drammatica in ogni parte del mondo.
Siate generosi con voi stessi, prendetevi anche il tempo che non avete – per scelta o ahimè per forza.
— Tiziano Ferro (@TizianoFerro) March 8, 2020
The Italian PM just announced that the entire country has been placed on lockdown to fight #COVID2019.
I have to say: I have the utmost respect for this man and all government agencies and our healthcare system at this time. We will get through this, together. 🇮🇹#iorestoacasa
— Federico Viticci (@viticci) March 9, 2020
Italy is locked down as of tomorrow AM- you can go out of house only for work or for getting food. That’s a true #iorestoacasa in effect #coronavirus @_MiBACT @SaveRome will keep busy sharing our full range of Rome & Empire #history #archaeology in meantime @GiuseppeConteIT 🇮🇹 pic.twitter.com/SV5QbF3aFY
— Darius Arya (@DariusAryaDigs) March 9, 2020