Life under coronavirus quarantine: Follow the rules, says an American woman in Italy
Over 5,000 people have died and more than 138,000 are infected with Covid-19 around the world.
Italy, the European country hardest hit by COVID-19 contagion, is under a dramatic total lockdown as the coronavirus spreads in the country. Italy on Friday recorded its highest daily death toll -- 250 over 24 hours taking the total to 1,266, with 17,660 infections overall. People in the country are grappling to cope up in the alarming scenario.
Earlier this week, the country’s government announced all shops except pharmacies and food outlets will be closed in response to the outbreak. Only one person from each household can go on a shopping run.
According to American woman Cristina Higgins, who lives with her family in Bergamo, near Milan, being in a country with a mandatory lockdown is like "living with dread".
Higgins told CNN that police write tickets for people who are out wandering. Lines form outside the markets sometime because only so many people are allowed to shop at one time, and they must remain 1 metre apart. “All day long they hear bad news from friends,” the woman said.
Advising people amid the worrying situation, Higgins says people need to comply with the measures the governments across the world are taking, and they'll get through the hard times faster.
"I would encourage every family to try to think of it is a reason why you should do this," she told CNN. "I encourage everybody ... to comply. And we can all get through this together."
“Life is highly controlled by government rules. People must fill out a form explaining why they have gone out,” she said about the current situation in Italy. But not everyone is adhering to the rules, she said. A woman in her community who has Covid-19 went out in public the other day.
"It's very difficult. It's very, very difficult. It is, unfortunately despite all that Italy has done, they think that it may not be enough because not every person is complying.” Her family has another 21 days of government lockdown to go.
They call people all day long, she said. People put candles in the windows in support of people putting their lives at risk -- emergency workers and pharmacists. Children make signs that say, "We will overcome this," she said.
A nurse on the frontline of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak has described the experience as “war-like”. Doctors and nurses are working around the clock as the country tries to contain the spread of coronavirus. “It’s an experience I would compare to a world war,” Roberta Re, a nurse at Piacenza hospital in Emilia-Romagna, the region with the second highest number of cases, told the Guardian.
“But it’s a war that isn’t fightable with traditional arms – as we don’t yet know who the enemy is and so it’s difficult to fight. The only weapon we do have to avoid things getting even worse is to stay at home and to respect the rules, to do what they did in China, as this is paying off.”
Daniele Macchini, a doctor at Humanitas Gavazzeni hospital in the badly-affected province of Bergamo in the Lombardy region, wrote on Facebook a few days before the entire country was quarantined: “The situation is nothing short of dramatic. The war has literally exploded and the battle is uninterrupted, day and night.”
The World Health Organization said on Friday that Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic and that more coronavirus cases are reported each day outside of China than the country reported at the peak of its epidemic. "Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China," said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Meanwhile, here's what Italians are trying to stay positive in the present situation.
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What people in Italy Sicily are doing in self isolation, the power of music is connects people#coronavirusindia #coronavirus #COVID19 #COVID19italia #COVID19france #Covid_19 #COVID #Italie #Italy #Iran #irancoronavirus #coronavirusaustralia #COVID19italia #italylockdown pic.twitter.com/2E47zRSdqf— gautam gada (@gautam_gada) March 14, 2020