WATCH: Fight breaks out in Italian supermarket as coronavirus fears reach fever pitch
Fears are running high in Italy’s Lombardy region after authorities confirmed the seventh coronavirus death on Monday. The rush to stock up on essential goods has led to tensions spilling over into violence in supermarkets.
A 62-year-old man on dialysis died on Monday evening, while three other men, all in their 80s, also died from the infection at the start of the week. Meanwhile, supermarket shelves have been stripped bare due to panic-buying amid rising tensions and visible public anxiety, as evidenced by a brawl in the aisles.
Ma la gente qua sta andando fuori di testaaa #coronaviruslombardiapic.twitter.com/ChiKE5m9Mp— Martinka (@Terliz_) February 24, 2020
At least 11 towns, 10 in Lombardy and one in Veneto, are on lockdown, affecting some 50,000 people who will be quarantined for 15 days. Video taken in towns in northern Italy paints a ghostly picture as streets are mostly deserted of signs of life amid festival cancellations and an end to public social events for the foreseeable future.
#Milano-n, orain, giro handiko #Navigli auzoko geltokiak tooopera beharko lukenean, inor ez. Beldurra arnasten da. #italia#coronaviruspic.twitter.com/V5LFJdN8uz— Jon Gomez Garai (@JGGarai) February 24, 2020
Il 24 febbraio alle ore 22.15 a Milano con il coprifuoco solo ai tempi bui di Moratti-De Corato #staseraitalia#coronavirus#coronavirusmilano#coronavirusitallapic.twitter.com/05jbziUBVO— Massimo Fugazi (@MassimoFugazi) February 24, 2020
Intanto in #Toscana, (apparentemente senza contagi).#psicosi?Tutti fiduciosi nel governatore, a quanto pare.#coronarvirusitalia#COVID19italiapic.twitter.com/S89AjYaslZ— 🇮🇹ElleBi🇮🇹1 (@DiNuovoLaura) February 24, 2020
Some 229 cases of coronavirus infection had been confirmed in Italy, the third-highest number in the world, behind China and South Korea.
On Tuesday, Italian authorities will host a meeting of health ministers from Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland in Rome to discuss the outbreak and the next steps to take.Also on rt.com Shops stripped bare in scenes reminiscent of ‘zombie apocalypse’ as coronavirus fears sweep Italy (VIDEOS)
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