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10 Apr 2020 | 07:20 AM UTC

Italy: Stricter measures enacted in Lazio region for April 12-13 /update 26

Lazio region authorities have ordered the closure of supermarkets and grocery stores, including in Rome, on April 12-13 due to COVID-19; follow authority directives

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Event

Lazio region authorities have issued an order on Thursday, April 9, for all supermarkets and grocery stores in the region, including in Rome, to close on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 12-13, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Authorities have also increased patrolling in Rome in order to ensure that the public conforms with the ongoing lockdown orders during the public holiday. Nationwide measures will also be in place, including an increased number of roadblocks around main cities, ensuring that residents do not leave their towns to visit family members over Easter.

Under the current lockdown measures, Italian authorities are requiring all individuals in the country to stay at home and to only leave their homes for essential purposes. Most shops, restaurants, and bars are closed. Public gatherings remain suspended nationwide. All individuals are advised to work from home and respect an interpersonal distance of 1m (3 ft).

On Sunday, March 22, Italian officials announced a ban on all domestic travel. Exceptions have been made for necessary work or health-related reasons. It remains unclear how long the ban will remain in effect.

On Tuesday, March 17, Italian authorities announced that all Italian nationals entering the country from abroad would be subject to a mandatory self-isolation period of 14 days. As of Saturday, March 28, passengers entering Italy by plane, rail, road, and boat are required to declare to authorities their reason for travel, where they plan to self-isolate, how they intend to travel to their place of self-isolation, and their phone number at which they may be contacted during the 14-day self-isolation period.

As of April 9, there have been 143,626 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 18,279 deaths and 20,470 recoveries. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected over the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and labored breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the general risk of transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.