Southern Italian Provinces Prepare for People Arriving From Red Zones

Southern Italian cities prepared for an influx of people traveling from areas quarantined as a result of an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the north of the country on March 8.

Potenza, a city in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, mandated health and police checks for all travelers entering the area, local media reported.

Large parts of northern Italy, including Lombardy and 14 other northern regions, were placed in a quarantined red zone as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus, COVID-19, until April 3. Ahead of the government’s formal announcement of a lockdown, hundreds of people flocked to transit hubs on Saturday night, local media reported.

Italy’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 97 to 463 on March 9, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced Italy was extending its coronavirus quarantine measures to the entire country.

This video shows officers wearing masks and hazmat suits outside the Potenza Centrale railway station on Sunday night. Credit: Antonio Coronato via Storyful