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Italy’s Virus Shutdown Came Too Late. What Happens Now?

April 9, 2020
The New York Times /

In the weeks since all of Italy was ordered indoors — no soccer games, no visiting cafes or bars, no church services — the country made slow progress toward containing its severe coronavirus outbreak.

There are signs of hope: Even as the number of cases climbs, the rate of infection has started to slow under the nationwide lockdown. But Italy continues to answer for mistakes made before it took effect.

More than 124,000 people in Italy have tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, since its outbreak began. The country, which has recorded more than 15,000 deaths, now has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world — and it is still rising.