Health Authorities Gather Outside Train Station in Southern Italy to Notify Travelers of Quarantine

Health workers were spotted outside the Potenza Centrale rail station in Potenza, Italy, on March 8, assessing the physical condition of travelers arriving from the north of the country and informing them of quarantine measures, local media reported.

An order issued by the governor of Basilicata, Vito Bardi, said that citizens returning to the south must go into self-quarantine, according to local media.

A directive from Italy’s Minister of the Interior said in northern areas that were under lockdown, people should only move from place to place if necessitated by work, or for health reasons. An absolute travel ban would be in place for people under quarantine or who had tested positive for the virus, the ministry said.

This footage, uploaded to Twitter by journalist Antonio Coronato, shows the scene outside the station. According to Coronato, the officials were waiting for passengers arriving at the station from Milan via Italy’s Frecciarossa high-speed rail, and those “coming from red areas would be notified of the quarantine obligation.”

“Red areas” – which are reported to be primarily in Italy’s northern Lombardy region – are those that have been placed under quarantine due to a high number of confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to The Local.

Despite the lockdown measures, including coronavirus-screening stations within major rail centers, travel in and out of the region has continued, even as the number of COVID-19 cases in Italy passed 7,300. Credit: Rai Tgr Basilicata/Antonio Coronato via Storyful