Italy Quarantines Over 25% of the Population, Trump Not Concerned

Mish

The Italian lockdown escalates. Over a quarter of Italy is quarantined. Trump is unconcerned.

Activity Suspended

Italy suspends all activities including church, theater, bingo, schools, and nightclubs.

Over a Quarter of Italy's Population is Under Quarantine but Trump is unconcerned.

Over 25% locked Down

Italy has formally locked down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak reached Washington DC and a political convention attended by Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

In the early hours of Sunday, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree enacting forced quarantine for the region of Lombardy – home to more than 10 million people and the financial capital, Milan – and multiple other provinces, totalling around 16 million residents.

The lockdown decree includes the power to impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving Lombardy, the worst-affected region, until 3 April. It provides for the banning of all public events, closing cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs. Religious ceremonies such as funerals and weddings will also be prohibited, and leave for healthcare workers has been cancelled.

Rome is also prolonging the closure of schools across the country until at least 3 April, while major sporting events, such as Serie A football games, will be played behind closed doors.

Trump Cool as a Cucumber

The escalation in Italy comes as the US struggles with its own response to the outbreak. In Washington DC, authorities reported a “presumptive positive” test result in a man, aged in his 50s, who had no identifiable contact with the virus.

Asked about the development on Saturday, Trump told reporters in Florida he was not concerned and planned to continue to hold political rallies.

How Can Trump Be So Cool?

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Over 25% of Italy in lockdown

But hey, Trump is not concerned, sho why should you be?

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (52)
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abend237-04
abend237-04

This looks more and more like the tale of two viruses: Hubei, Iran, Korea and Italy are being plagued (literally) by one that is extremely infectious and kills with abandon, and all the rest of China and the world are seeing a far more benign beast. It's infecting and killing at "only" the rate of the flu.
If I ran Italy, I'd call Wuhan and listen...very carefully.

Mish
Mish

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Crude back below $31 for over an hour

Greggg
Greggg

I am looking at the futures market. DOW stopped at 24531 down -1334. Down 5.15%.

Mish
Mish

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abend237-04
abend237-04

It's an ill wind indeed that blows no good: Collapsing oil prices mean lower gas prices for Uber drivers, many of whom may now even approach break even, as they drive the newly unemployed to the unemployment office in pools.

Carl_R
Carl_R

It would seem that we now have two methods of stopping coronavirus. There is the Chinese solution - mass quarantine, and when you go out, you wear a mask. Then there is the S. Korean alternative: Make tests free, and easy, and test anyone and everyone that wants it, and also provide everyone with an app that tells them places to avoid, places where COVID19 has been seen recently.

I personally like the S. Korean approach because it is much less disruptive to society and the economy, but I can't image a circumstance where the US makes tests free and fast, so instead we are following the EU approach to controlling it (which hasn't worked at all for any EU country).

Schaap60
Schaap60

Oil at $30 and the 30-year with a zero handle. Interesting times to say the least. Thanks for the updates Mish.

The Clamps
The Clamps

Silly fools should have listened to Matteo Salvini who wanted to shut down flights from China. The left called him a jackell and accused him of being racist. Now look at where they are.

Ossqss
Ossqss

Just sayin, this ain't no party :-)

Advancingtime
Advancingtime

The illusion that covid-19 would be a nothing burger is beginning to dissipate. Initially, President Trump had tried to shrug this off as "no big thing" and continues to boast that "We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned-plan." This narrative is rapidly losing validity as huge areas in America declare they are under various states of emergencies. Events have grown to where Trump's fantasy-land approach is in disarray, his "See, Hear, And Speak No Evil" method of containment has proven disastrous. The fact is, if all goes poorly in the coming months, covid-19 may someday be looked back on as Trump's Katrina moment.

WildBull
WildBull

If radical quarantines are to be effective, sooner is better than later to stop the spread. This is not the time for wait and see. We have already seen. They should have been radical after the first confirmed case. Maybe shutting down the country would not have been necessary.

Herkie
Herkie

Yup, Italy just quarantined all 60 million Italians today. Schools closed, restaurants ordered closed unless they can prove patrons remain at least one meter apart which is just silly really, a sneeze can contaminate every surface within 15 feet. People are told not to leave their houses EXCEPT to go to work, because as we all know virus will obediently not infect others in a workplace. And, just how can people get to work with all public transport closed? And I thought DC was a clusterfuck of non action or stupid responses.


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