Italian Prime Minister Puts the Entire Country on Wuhan Virus Lockdown

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, March 9, 2020 that the government has broadened internal travel restrictions to the entire country until April 3.

The country’s northern region was initially locked down in an attempt to keep the coronavirus from spreading even further.

In doing so, Conte’s measure has led to a lockdown of 6o million people in one of Europe’s most populated countries. Italy is the country with the highest number of people testing positive for the coronavirus outside of China. Additionally, Conte revealed that all public gatherings and sporting events would be prohibited.

As of Sunday, March 8, 2020, 9,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy, with more than 450 people dying from the complication.  This development compelled Italian authorities to act.

Italy initially imposed travel restrictions on the Lombardy region in addition to the 14 other northern provinces this past weekend.

According to Conte, the new decree would go into effect on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and it is designed to protect Italy’s most vulnerable. The Italian leader advised his citizens to stay home and avoid traveling unless it’s an emergency.

Thanks to the influence of Italian populist Matteo Salvini, Italian political leaders have been forced to take nationalist positions once he left office.

Europe’s open borders social experiment has already brought about devastating social results.The current coronavirus health crisis presents another dangerous flaw of open borders as freely flowing people increases the chances that certain regional illnesses become global in nature.

Unlike most of Europe, Italy gets it. Hopefully, the U.S. takes a page from the Italian playbook and considers shutting down its Southern border in order to reassert its sovereignty and protect its citizens from this global virus outbreak.