March 12. A year after COVID-19 struck Italy, more than half of the country’s residents were have been placed under strict lockdown as of Monday, March 15, at least, through Easter. Restrictions are being tightened in response to yet another rise in prevalence of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Speaking at a vaccination center near Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said the “measures are necessary to avoid a deterioration that would make even more stringent measures inevitable.”
Italy was the first country in the world to implement a nationwide lockdown last winter, when it was the nation at the epicenter of the pandemic. Since then, the disease has been blamed for the deaths of more than 100,000 people in the country, but only weeks ago the country appeared to be bouncing back, albeit cautiously.
Source: CBS News