‘Now I Have to Ask for the Test Again’: Italian Man in Coronavirus Lockdown Zone Fears the Worst

A resident of San Fiorano, an Italian town under lockdown as authorities try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, posted scenes from quarantined zones, saying that he needed to be tested again after coming in contact with infected persons.

Marzio Toniolo, who recorded the footage on February 24, said he came face-to-face with two people who said they tested “positive” for the new coronavirus. The incident happened when he left his house to get food because it could not be delivered within the “red zone” – where the centers of infection have been identified.

The video shows officials posting notices, empty streets, and long lines at a pharmacy and a supermarket in the towns of San Fiorano and Codogno.

At least 12 people in Italy have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and over 374 have tested positive for the virus, according to Italian health authorities.

“Yesterday was the first day we felt proper isolation from the outside as there weren’t many vehicles around,” Toniolo says at one point in the video. Credit: Marzio Toniolo via Storyful