And the coordinator for intensive care in the crisis unit in the northern region said the health care system in Lombardy was “one step from collapse” as he described a “tsunami of patients”.
Over the weekend, blanket travel restrictions were announced in just certain areas.
The rest of the country will now join the northern provinces under lockdown – one of the toughest responses implemented outside of mainland China to get the Covid-19 pandemic under control.
The coordinator for intensive care in the crisis unit for the northern Lombardy region told CNN that Lombardy’s health care system was “one step from collapse” despite efforts to free up hospital beds.
Italy registered 1,807 more confirmed cases as of Monday evening, for a national total of 9,172. With those numbers, Italy again overtook South Korea as the country with the most cases outside China. The number of people with the virus who died increased to 463.
The premier also took to task the young people in much of Italy who have been gathering at night to drink and have a good time during the public health emergency that started on February 21.
“This night life…we can’t allow this anymore,” Conte said.
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