Edmonton woman in Italy describes life in travel lockdown ‘like being in a movie’

An Edmonton woman living in Italy said the mood is “surreal” after the Italian government imposed a travel lockdown on the entire country amid coronavirus fears.

The Italian government is hoping the measure will stem the spread of the virus, which has infected more than 10,000 people and killed more than 600 in that country as of March 10. The move mimics a similar measure imposed by the Chinese government on cities in Central China as the outbreak started to worsen.

The contagion came to light near Italy‘s financial capital Milan on Feb. 21.

Italy‘s 60 million people will now only be able to travel for work, medical reasons or emergencies until April 3. All schools and universities, which were closed nationwide last week until March 15, will now not reopen before next month.

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